[ skop-yuh-luh ]
/ ˈskɒp yə lə /

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.

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


/ (ˈskɒpjʊlə) /

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

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

Derived Forms

scopulate (ˈskɒpjʊˌleɪt, -lɪt), adjective

Word Origin for scopula

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