noun (plural scopae /-pē/)Zoology
A small brushlike tuft of hairs on some insects, especially that on which pollen collects on the leg of a bee.
- 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.
Early 19th century: from Latin scopae (plural) 'twigs, broom'.
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