nounpl. -·las or -·lae·
Zool. a brushlike tuft of hairs
Origin of scopulaModern Latin from L, broom twig, diminutive of scopa, thin branch, shoot, akin to scapus, stalk: see shaft
- A dense brushlike tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain spiders and insects.
- A ciliated structure by which certain protozoans attach to a surface.
Origin of scopulaLatin scōpula small brush of twigs diminutive of scōpae branches, broom