waterscorpion

/waw"teuhr skawr'pee euhn, wot"euhr-/, n.
any of several predaceous aquatic bugs of the family Nepidae, having clasping front legs and a long respiratory tube at the rear of the abdomen: capable of biting if handled.
[1675-85; WATER + SCORPION]

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • waterscorpion — wa•ter•scor•pi•on [[t]ˈwɔ tərˌskɔr pi ən, ˈwɒt ər [/t]] n. ent any of several predatory aquatic bugs of the family Nepidae, having a long respiratory tube at the end of the abdomen • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • waterscorpion — /waw teuhr skawr pee euhn, wot euhr /, n. any of several predaceous aquatic bugs of the family Nepidae, having clasping front legs and a long respiratory tube at the rear of the abdomen: capable of biting if handled. [1675 85; WATER + SCORPION] …   Useful english dictionary

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