pl. -·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").