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noun, plural sco·pae [skoh-pee] /ˈskoʊ pi/, sco·pas.
  1. pollen brush.
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Origin of scopa

1795–1805; < Latin scōpae (plural, singular scopa rare) twigs, shoots
Related formssco·pate [skoh-peyt] /ˈskoʊ peɪt/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Two minutes later the cousins were absorbed in a game of scopa.

    The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 26, February 1893


  • There would be a group intent on "Scopa," another calling "Mi staio!"

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for scopa


noun plural -pae (-ˌpiː)
  1. a tuft of hairs on the abdomen or hind legs of bees, used for collecting pollen
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin, used only in pl scopae twigs, brush


n acronym for (in South Africa)
  1. Standing Committee on Public Accounts
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Word Origin and History for scopa


tuft of hairs on a bee's leg, from Latin scopae (plural) "twigs, shoots; a broom, brush," related to scapus "shaft" (cf. scullion).

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