Of uncertain derivation; a scorpion; figuratively, a scourge or knotted whip -- scorpion.
עַקְרָב noun masculine scorpion (apparently quadriliteral; Late Hebrew id.; Assyrian a‡rabu; Ethiopic ; Arabic ; עַקְרַבָּא ᵑ7); **< [feminine] as in Late Hebrew, Syriac, Mandaean, Arabic (Levy gives Talmud [Aramaic] as masculine, but are readings correct?), Nöldeke (privately). — absolute עַקְרָב Deuteronomy 8:15 (collective; of wilderness), plural עַקְרַבִּים Ezekiel 2:6 (figurative of enemies); בָּע ׳יִסַּר 1 Kings 12:11, 14 2 Chronicles 10:11, 14, i.e. scourges with points, stings. — See also עַקְרַבִּים מַעֲלֵה.