skullcap

[skuhl-kap]
noun
  1. a small, brimless close-fitting cap, often made of silk or velvet, worn on the crown of the head, as for religious functions.
  2. the domelike roof of the skull.
  3. Botany. any of various plants belonging to the genus Scutellaria, of the mint family, having a calyx resembling a helmet.

Origin of skullcap

First recorded in 1675–85; skull + cap1
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skullcap

noun
  1. a rounded brimless hat fitting the crown of the head
  2. the nontechnical name for calvaria
  3. any of various perennial plants of the genus Scutellaria, esp S. galericulata, that typically have helmet-shaped flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
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Word Origin and History for skull-cap
n.

1680s, from skull (n.) + cap (n.).

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skull-cap in Medicine

skullcap

[skŭlkăp′]
n.
  1. calvaria
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