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  1. an Old English bard or poet.
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Origin of scop

before 900; learned borrowing (19th century) of Old English scop; cognate with Old Norse skop mocking, Old High German skof derision
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Historical Examples

  • The owl I know least is a little Scops owl, kept alone in the insect-house.

    The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893


  • Very different is the cry of the little scops owl (Scops giu).

  • "But she is innocent as that bird in the air," screamed her lover, pointing to a scops owl which was sailing above the cypresses.

  • Dale, an English author, mentions another example of the utility of the Scops.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • The scops is a small owl with aigrettes or "horns," the wood-owl is a large bird without aigrettes.

British Dictionary definitions for scops


  1. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a bard or minstrel
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Word Origin

Old English: related to Old Norse skop, skaup, Old High German scof, scopf poem
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Word Origin and History for scops



"poet, minstrel," Old English scop, cognate with Old High German scoph "poetry, sport, jest," Old Norse skop "railing, mockery" (see scoff (v.)).

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