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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dense brushlike tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dense tuft of hair, as on certain insects legs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peculiar brushlike organ found on the foot of spiders and used in the construction of the web.
  • n. A special tuft of hairs on the leg of a bee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology:
  • n. A small scopa or brush-like organ.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of pyralid moths.
  • n. In sponges, a fork- or broom-shaped spicule, consisting of a long axial shaft to the distal end of which generally four slender rays are attached.

Etymologies

Latin scōpula, small brush of twigs, diminutive of scōpae, branches, broom.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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