whip scorpion

whip scorpion
n.
any of various tropical or subtropical arachnids (esp. order Uropygi) resembling the scorpion but having a long, whiplike tail at the end of the abdomen and no sting

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▪ Uropygi
      any of approximately 105 species of the arthropod class Arachnida that are similar in appearance to true scorpions except that the larger species have a whiplike telson, or tail, that serves as an organ of touch and has no stinger. The second pair of appendages, the pedipalps, are spiny pincers, and the third pair are long feelers. Whip scorpions secrete an irritating mist, which has a vinegarlike odour in Mastigoproctus giganteus, the vinegarroon (variably spelled) of the southern United States and Mexico. With its 65-mm (2 1/2-inch) body it is the largest species in this group.

      Whip scorpions are most common from India and Japan to New Guinea, although two genera occur in the New World.

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  • whip scorpion — n. any of various tropical or subtropical arachnids (esp. order Uropygi) resembling the scorpion but having a long, whiplike tail at the end of the abdomen and no sting …   English World dictionary

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  • whip-scorpion — noun nonvenomous arachnid that resembles a scorpion and that has a long thin tail without a stinger • Syn: ↑whip scorpion • Hypernyms: ↑arachnid, ↑arachnoid • Hyponyms: ↑vinegarroon, ↑Mastigoproctus giganteus …   Useful english dictionary

  • whip scorpion — noun a scorpion like arachnid with a long, slender tail. [Order Uropygi.] …   English new terms dictionary

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