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[skeyp] /skeɪp/
Botany. a leafless peduncle rising from the ground.
Zoology. a stemlike part, as the shaft of a feather.
Architecture. the shaft of a column.
Entomology. the stemlike basal segment of the antenna of certain insects.
Origin of scape1
Doric Greek
1595-1605; < Latin scāpus stalk < Doric Greek skâpos, akin to Attic skêptron staff, scepter


or 'scape

[skeyp] /skeɪp/
noun, verb (used with or without object), scaped, scaping. Archaic.


a combining form extracted from landscape, denoting “an extensive view, scenery,” or “a picture or representation” of such a view, as specified by the initial element:
cityscape; moonscape; seascape. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scape
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  • Much better: Use every man after his desert, and who shall 'scape whipping?

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • If he scape this age, he has scaped a tempest, and may live to be a man.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • There'll be a kerridge for you; and whatever you want, you just 'scape out and we'll 'tend to it.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Thou know'st I can scape now, that's all I look for: I'll leave.

  • The Cavalier is disguised in the garb of a forester, as you see, but he could not 'scape us.

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Certainly we have such kings, but all of them 'scape whipping and hanging.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • They are escapism embodied, a dreamland, a scape of fantasy, the vale of telenovellas.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Then they thrust wide the gate to make their scape with speed.

    Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress Samuel Phillips Day
British Dictionary definitions for scape


a leafless stalk in plants that arises from a rosette of leaves and bears one or more flowers
(zoology) a stalklike part, such as the first segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Forms
scapose, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scāpus stem, from (Doric) Greek skapos; see shaft


verb, noun
an archaic word for escape


indicating a scene or view of something, esp a pictorial representation: seascape
Word Origin
abstracted from landscape
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Word Origin and History for scape

"scenery view," 1773, abstracted from landscape (n.); as a comb. element, first attested use is 1796, in prisonscape.


late 13c., shortened form of escape; frequent in prose till late 17c. Related: Scaped (sometimes 15c.-16c. with strong past tense scope); scaping. As a noun from c.1300.

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