skullcap

[ skuhl-kap ]
/ ˈskʌlˌkæp /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. skulk,
  2. skull,
  3. skull and crossbones,
  4. skull session,
  5. skull-cap,
  6. skullduggery,
  7. skunk,
  8. skunk cabbage,
  9. skunk river,
  10. skunk works

Origin of skullcap

First recorded in 1675–85; skull + cap1

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British Dictionary definitions for skullcap

skullcap

/ (ˈskʌlˌkæp) /

noun

a rounded brimless hat fitting the crown of the head
the nontechnical name for calvaria
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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Medicine definitions for skullcap

skullcap

[ skŭlkăp′ ]

n.

calvaria

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