[ skeyp ]
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  1. Botany. a leafless peduncle rising from the ground.

  2. Zoology. a stemlike part, as the shaft of a feather.

  1. Architecture. the shaft of a column.

  2. Entomology. the stemlike basal segment of the antenna of certain insects.

Origin of scape

1595–1605; <Latin scāpus stalk <Doric Greek skâpos, akin to Attic skêptron staff, scepter

Other definitions for scape (2 of 3)


or 'scape

[ skeyp ]

noun, verb (used with or without object),scaped, scap·ing.Archaic.
  1. an archaic variant of escape.

Other definitions for -scape (3 of 3)


  1. a combining form extracted fromlandscape, denoting “an extensive view, scenery,” or “a picture or representation” of such a view, as specified by the initial element: cityscape; moonscape; seascape. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scape in a sentence

  • "I'd want it a heap sight better land than this is 'round here," said the Deacon, studying the land scape judicially.

  • But, like all other hen-pecked husbands, on the back of the scape-goat Cunning, he fled away from the uplifted lash.

    Ruth Hall | Fanny Fern
  • The origin of this strange custom was most likely connected in some way with the ceremony of the scape Goat under the old Law.

  • It has two oblong shining leaves, with a scape four or five inches high strung with sweet-scented, pink-purple flowers.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • If ol' Doc Bird's on the lan'scape, he hunts a hole an' he crawls in when Mr. Peth he begins to act up.

    Isle o' Dreams | Frederick F. Moore

British Dictionary definitions for scape (1 of 3)


/ (skeɪp) /

  1. a leafless stalk in plants that arises from a rosette of leaves and bears one or more flowers

  2. zoology a stalklike part, such as the first segment of an insect's antenna

Origin of scape

C17: from Latin scāpus stem, from (Doric) Greek skapos; see shaft

Derived forms of scape

  • scapose, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for scape (2 of 3)



/ (skeɪp) /

verb, noun
  1. an archaic word for escape

British Dictionary definitions for -scape (3 of 3)


suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating a scene or view of something, esp a pictorial representation: seascape

Origin of -scape

abstracted from landscape

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