nounpl. -·lae· or -·las
either of two flat, triangular bones in the back of the shoulders of humans, or a similar bone in other vertebrates; shoulder blade
Origin of scapulaModern Latin from Classical Latin (usually plural , scapulae), origin, originally probably shovel (from use of the bone as a spade): for Indo-European base see scaphoid
nounpl. scap·u·las, or scap·u·lae
Either of two large, flat, triangular bones forming the back part of the shoulder. Also called shoulder blade .
Origin of scapulaLate Latin shoulder from Latin scapulae the shoulder blades
(plural scapulas or scapulae)
OriginSee also: scapular
From Late Latin scapula (“shoulder").