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scop

[skop] /skɒp/
noun
1.
an Old English bard or poet.
Origin of scop
900
before 900; learned borrowing (19th century) of Old English scop; cognate with Old Norse skop mocking, Old High German skof derision
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Examples from the Web for scops
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  • The scops is a small owl with aigrettes or "horns," the wood-owl is a large bird without aigrettes.

  • The owl I know least is a little scops owl, kept alone in the insect-house.

  • "But she is innocent as that bird in the air," screamed her lover, pointing to a scops owl which was sailing above the cypresses.

  • The writer ascribes this call to the collared scops owl (scops bakkamoena).

  • Dale, an English author, mentions another example of the utility of the scops.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • It is easy to distinguish between the two owls, as the scops has aigrettes or "horns," which the spotted owlet lacks.

  • Like the scops, it delights in following persons who pass its retreat, especially at the break of dawn.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • A screech owl (scops zorca) weighing one-third of a pound had 2.35 square feet of wing surface per pound of weight.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • Very different is the cry of the little scops owl (scops giu).

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for scops

scop

/skɒp/
noun
1.
(in Anglo-Saxon England) a bard or minstrel
Word Origin
Old English: related to Old Norse skop, skaup, Old High German scof, scopf poem
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Word Origin and History for scops

scop

n.

"poet, minstrel," Old English scop, cognate with Old High German scoph "poetry, sport, jest," Old Norse skop "railing, mockery" (see scoff (v.)).

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