from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See 1st scape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, the shaft of a column.
- n. In botany, same as scape, 1.
- n. In entomology, the scape of an antenna.
- n. In ornithology, the scape of a feather; the whole stem or shaft, divided into the barrel or calamus and the rachis.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of cœlenterates.
- n. In sea-pens, the main stem, the lower part of which is sunk in the mud while the upper bears the zoöids.
- n. In actinians, the main part of the body as differentiated from the upper, tentacle-bearing region or capitulum.
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A hair consists of a root, the part implanted in the skin; and a shaft or scapus, the portion projecting from the surface.
The shaft of the hair (scapus pili) consists, from within outward, of three parts, the medulla, the cortex, and the cuticle.
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