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.

Nearby words

  1. scopophobia,
  2. scops owl,
  3. scoptic,
  4. scoptophilia,
  5. scoptophiliac,
  6. scopulate,
  7. scopus,
  8. scorbutic,
  9. scorbutigenic,
  10. scorch

Origin of scopula

1795–1805; < New Latin scōpula, Latin: a broom twig, equivalent to scōp(a) broom + -ula -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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


noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

a small tuft of dense hairs on the legs and chelicerae of some spiders
Derived Formsscopulate (ˈskɒpjʊˌleɪt, -lɪt), adjective

Word Origin for scopula

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

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