Definition of skullcap in English:

skullcap

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Pronunciation: /ˈskʌlkap
 
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noun

  • 1A small close-fitting peakless cap.
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    • They wore close-fitting crocheted skullcaps that were noticed by others.
    • On their heads, they wore white knitted skullcaps, silken headscarves or baseball caps.
    • Men in white shoulder-to-ankle gowns and skullcaps were selling their furniture, appliances, and clothing to feed their families.
  • 1.1A protective helmet, in particular one worn by jockeys or horse riders.
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    • The group applied to the foundation for cash to buy special leg protectors, stirrups, skullcaps and riding gloves.
    • You can imagine my disappointment when I was issued with my flying suit, a dowdy navy blue number complete with fetching leather skullcap.
    • Next came the helmet, made of bronze with a iron skullcap.
  • 2The top part of the skull.
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    • In 1887, Eugene Dubois discovered a skullcap, a femur (thigh bone), and a molar in the same area.
    • In contrast to the exhumation chronicles, which claimed wooden skullcaps covered the sawn-off crowns, their skulls are intact.
    • In 1973, a hominid skullcap and two stone tools were found.
  • 3A widely distributed plant of the mint family, whose tubular flowers have a helmet-shaped cup at the base.
    • Genus Scutellaria, family Labiatae
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    • Other sleep promoting herbs include valerian, Californian poppy, skullcap, hops and passionflower.
    • Herbal supplements that can be toxic to the liver include kava, comfrey, chaparral, jin bu huan, kombucha tea, pennyroyal and skullcap.
    • Chamomile, oatstraw, and skullcap are examples.

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