of the shoulder, scapula, or scapulae
Origin of scapularModern Latin scapularis ; from Classical Latin scapula, scapula (in LL, shoulder)
- a sleeveless outer garment falling from the shoulders, worn as part of a monk's habit
- two small pieces of cloth joined by strings, worn on the chest and back, under the clothes, by some Roman Catholics as a token of religious devotion or as a badge of some order
- Ornithology a feather growing from a bird's scapular region
- Surgery a bandage passed over the shoulder to support it or to keep another bandage in place
- Roman Catholic Church a. A monk's sleeveless outer garment that hangs from the shoulders and sometimes has a cowl.b. A pair of pieces of cloth joined by shoulder bands and worn under clothing on the chest and back as a sacramental, sometimes entailing lay affiliation with a religious order.
- One of the feathers covering the shoulder of a bird.
adjectivealso scap·u·lar·y Anatomy
Of or relating to the shoulder or scapula.
Origin of scapularMiddle English scapulare, from Late Latin scapulare, from neuter of scapularis, pertaining to the shoulders or scapulae, from scapula, shoulder; see scapula.
- (Christianity) A short cloak worn around the shoulders, adopted as part of the uniform of various religious orders, later often with an embroidered image of a saint. [from 15th c.]
- (zoology) One of a special group of feathers which arise from each of the scapular regions and lie along the sides of the back.
- A bandage passing over the shoulder to support it, or to retain another bandage in place.
- (Christianity) A cloth talisman, usually with an embroidered image of a saint, worn around the neck.
- Of or pertaining to the scapula. [from 18th c.]