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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. 2018.
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  • He looked like a Frenchman, by the way, and always wore a skullcap.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • At one time he had had a fancy, for his health, to wear a sort of skullcap.

    Atrocious Judges

    John Campbell, Baron Campbell
  • He took off his skullcap, and passed his hand over his soft white hair.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • The merchant debated, removing his skullcap, smoothing his grizzled fringe of curls, fitting the cap on again deliberately.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • Solly Gumble removed his skullcap, fluffed his scanty ring of curls, and drew on the cap again.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • She smiled, and put up a hand to pat at her white hair under the Elizabethan skullcap.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • We can understand, therefore, why Plumard screamed aloud when Bahuchet tried to remove his skullcap.

British Dictionary definitions for skullcap


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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skullcap 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 skullcap



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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