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scopula

[skop-yuh-luh]
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noun, plural scop·u·las, scop·u·lae [skop-yuh-lee] /ˈskɒp yəˌli/. Zoology.
  1. a dense tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain spiders.
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Origin of scopula

1795–1805; < New Latin scōpula, Latin: a broom twig, equivalent to scōp(a) broom + -ula -ule
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  • This takes the form of a pad of curiously modified hairs, called a scopula.

    Spiders

    Cecil Warburton


British Dictionary definitions for scopula

scopula

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. a small tuft of dense hairs on the legs and chelicerae of some spiders
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Derived Formsscopulate (ˈskɒpjʊˌleɪt, -lɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Late Latin: a broom-twig, from scōpa thin twigs
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