[skoh-puh s]


flourished 4th century b.c., Greek sculptor and architect.



noun, plural sco·pae [skoh-pee] /ˈskoʊ pi/, sco·pas.

Origin of scopa

1795–1805; < Latin scōpae (plural, singular scopa rare) twigs, shoots
Related formssco·pate [skoh-peyt] /ˈskoʊ peɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scopas

Historical Examples of scopas

  • But whether this Scopas is the Scopas of our text and a hero of Jason's is not clear.



  • A copy of the Pythian Apollo by Scopas is in the same museum.

  • The third is the period of Praxiteles and Scopas, in the fourth century.

    Greek Sculpture

    Estelle M. Hurll

  • An acquaintance with the art of Scopas is extended by the study of his younger and still more important contemporary Praxiteles.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • In this master, therefore, may be recognized one whose aims were similar to those of Scopas and Praxiteles.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

British Dictionary definitions for scopas



4th century bc, Greek sculptor and architect


noun plural -pae (-ˌpiː)

a tuft of hairs on the abdomen or hind legs of bees, used for collecting pollen

Word Origin for scopa

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


n acronym for (in South Africa)

Standing Committee on Public Accounts
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Word Origin and History for scopas



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper