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scape Syllabification: scape

Definition of scape in English:


1 Botany A long, leafless flower stalk coming directly from a root.
Example sentences
  • The eastern populations possessed smaller and fewer leaves and flowering scapes than the western populations.
  • In October, the scapes put out flower heads that do not produce seed.
  • Rabbits occasionally eat young shoots in the spring, and sometimes bite off flower scapes.
2 Entomology The basal segment of an insect’s antenna, especially when it is enlarged and lengthened (as in a weevil).
Example sentences
  • Forelius sp. 1 is apparently an undescribed species, distinguishable from Forelius maccooki by the lack of erect setae on the antennal scapes (S. Cover, personal communication).
  • It consists of an end sac, a straight proximal tubule, a short distal tubule, and a raised nephropore, all in the scape of the chelifore.


Early 19th century: via Latin from Greek skapos 'rod'; related to scepter.

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