Botany. a leafless peduncle rising from the ground.
Zoology. a stemlike part, as the shaft of a feather.
Architecture. the shaft of a column.
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



or 'scape


noun, verb (used with or without object), scaped, scap·ing. Archaic.


a combining form extracted from landscape, 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. 2019

Examples from the Web for scape

Contemporary Examples of scape

Historical Examples of scape

  • Much better: Use every man after his desert, and who shall 'scape whipping?


    William Shakespeare

  • Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • If he scape this age, he has scaped a tempest, and may live to be a man.

  • There'll be a kerridge for you; and whatever you want, you just 'scape out and we'll 'tend to it.

    Roughing It

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Thou know'st I can scape now, that's all I look for: I'll leave.

British Dictionary definitions for scape




a leafless stalk in plants that arises from a rosette of leaves and bears one or more flowers
zoology a stalklike part, such as the first segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Formsscapose, adjective

Word Origin for scape

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




verb, noun

an archaic word for escape


suffix forming nouns

indicating a scene or view of something, esp a pictorial representationseascape

Word Origin for -scape

abstracted from landscape
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Word Origin and History for scape

"scenery view," 1773, abstracted from landscape (n.); as a comb. element, first attested use is 1796, in prisonscape.


late 13c., shortened form of escape; frequent in prose till late 17c. Related: Scaped (sometimes 15c.-16c. with strong past tense scope); scaping. As a noun from c.1300.

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