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[skuhl-kap] /ˈskʌlˌkæp/
a small, brimless close-fitting cap, often made of silk or velvet, worn on the crown of the head, as for religious functions.
the domelike roof of the skull.
Botany. any of various plants belonging to the genus Scutellaria, of the mint family, having a calyx resembling a helmet.
Origin of skullcap
First recorded in 1675-85; skull + cap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The donkey-boy, in his skull-cap and single garment, runs behind his beast.

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • He removed his skull-cap as he approached, and said, "The Count Tasseroni, at your orders."

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • He lived in his library, attired by nature in a dressing-gown and skull-cap.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Charlie did so, but as he was without a skull-cap, his European forehead was most noticeable.

  • The Capuchin removed his skull-cap with an uneasy hand, and walked some paces without speaking.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • And he followed the messenger as he was, in his slippers and skull-cap.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It was cherry-coloured velvet, I think; a kind of skull-cap like the 'buy-a-broom' girls wear.

  • He would not wear it when his head was broken, but preferred a skull-cap.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The rebbe exchanges his skull-cap for his street cap, is about to go.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • He wore the skull-cap of sanctity, but looked the gourmand in spite of it.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for skull-cap


a rounded brimless hat fitting the crown of the head
the nontechnical name for calvaria
any of various perennial plants of the genus Scutellaria, esp S. galericulata, that typically have helmet-shaped flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for skull-cap

1680s, from skull (n.) + cap (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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skull-cap in Medicine

skullcap skull·cap (skŭl'kāp')
See calvaria.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for skull-cap



A helmet; brain dish (1980s+ Motorcyclists)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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