Definition of false scorpion in English:

false scorpion


  • A minute arachnid which has pincers but no long abdomen or sting, occurring abundantly in leaf litter.

    Also called pseudoscorpion
    • ‘Pseudoscorpions, literally 'false scorpions', are small (most are about 1/5 inch long) and reddish or brown. They have oval, flattened bodies with two conspicuous pedipalps (pincer-like appendages).’
    • ‘Arachnids also include a number of less familiar taxa: Opiliones (harvestmen or daddy-longlegs); Thelyphonida (whip-scorpions); Pseudoscorpiones (false scorpions); and many others.’
    • ‘The false scorpions are small (usually less than 5 mm), brownish arachnids with large pincer-like pedipalps and flattened body.’