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scopula

[ skop-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈskɒp yə lə /
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noun, plural scop·u·las, scop·u·lae [skop-yuh-lee]. /ˈskɒp yəˌli/. Zoology.

a dense tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain spiders.

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Origin of scopula

1795–1805; <New Latin scōpula,Latin: a broom twig, equivalent to scōp(a) broom + -ula-ule
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Example sentences from the Web for scopula

  • This takes the form of a pad of curiously modified hairs, called a scopula.

    Spiders|Cecil Warburton

British Dictionary definitions for scopula

scopula
/ (ˈskɒpjʊlə) /

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

a small tuft of dense hairs on the legs and chelicerae of some spiders

Derived forms of scopula

scopulate (ˈskɒpjʊˌleɪt, -lɪt), adjective

Word Origin for scopula

C19: from Late Latin: a broom-twig, from scōpa thin twigs
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