Definition of scopa in English:

scopa

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Pronunciation: /ˈskəʊpə
 
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noun (plural scopae /-piː/)

Zoology
  • A small brush-like tuft of hairs on some insects, especially that on which pollen collects on the leg of a bee.
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    • Both species landed directly on the column but, while one scraped its abdomen against the anthers, the other introduced its glossa into the anther, and then scraped it-with the many adhered pollen grains-against its scopae.
    • Moreover, the distinctively dense scopae typical for eucerines are conspicuously absent in the fossil.
    • They collected and stored pseudopollen, which extends the entire length of the disc midline, in their scopae.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin scopae (plural) 'twigs, broom'.

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