noun, plural scap·u·las, scap·u·lae [skap-yuh-lee] /ˈskæp yəˌli/.
Origin of scapula
Examples from the Web for scapula
Perforations of the body of the scapula were common, but they were of little importance in symptoms or prognosis.Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900|George Henry Makins
Clavicles are generally present, and the acromion of the scapula is commonly very long.
The scapula seems to have possessed a peculiar leaf-like form, swelling in the middle and ending almost in a point above.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
In the Chelonia the scapula and precoracoid are ossified continuously.
The scapula is not in immediate contact with the ribs; the subscapular fossa is not moulded on them.Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
noun plural -lae (-liː) or -las
Word Origin for scapula
"shoulder blade," 1570s, Modern Latin, from Late Latin scapula "shoulder," from Latin scapulae (plural) "shoulders, shoulder blades," perhaps originally "spades, shovels," on notion of similar shape, but animal shoulder blades might have been used as scraping tools in primitive times, from PIE *skap-, variant of *skep- "to cut, scrape" (see scabies).