- a leafless flower stalk growing from the crown of the root, as that of the narcissus or dandelion
- something like a stalk, as the shaft of a feather or of an insect's antenna
- the shaft of a column
Origin of scapeClassical Latin scapus: see shaft
intransitive verbscaped, scap′ing
Origin of scapeMiddle English scapen, aphetic from escapen
- a (specified) kind of view or scene: seascape
- a drawing, painting, etc. of such a view or scene
Origin of -scapefrom (land)scape
- Botany A leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground, as in the tulip.
- Biology A stalklike part, such as a feather shaft or the first segment of an insect's antenna.
- Architecture The shaft of a column.
Origin of scapeLatin scāpus stalk perhaps from Greek skāpos
Origin of scapeFrom landscape
From Latin scÄpus, from Ancient Greek (Doric) ÏƒÎºá¾¶Ï€Î¿Ï‚ (skÃ¢pos).
(third-person singular simple present scapes, present participle scaping, simple past and past participle scaped)
- (archaic) to escape
- (archaic) escape
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Abstracted from landscape, the suffix representing Middle Dutch -schap (“-ship"), from Old Dutch -skap (“-ship"), from Proto-Germanic *-skapiz (“-ship"), from Proto-Germanic *skapaz (“shape, form"). Cognate with Modern Dutch -schap (“-ship"), German -schaft (“-ship"), Swedish -skap (“-ship"), Old English -sceap, -scipe (“-ship"). More at -ship, shape.