Definition of rock scorpion in English:

rock scorpion


  • 1A scorpion that frequents rocky places: (a) any of several large black scorpions of the Old World, especially Pandinus imperator of Africa; (b) (more fully "flat rock scorpion") any of several flattened scorpions of the genus Hadogenes, of southern Africa.

  • 2British Military slang. A nickname for: a civilian inhabitant of Gibraltar.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Paterson (1755–1810), army officer and naturalist. From rock + scorpion.


rock scorpion

/ˈrɒk ˌskɔːpɪən/