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

  • n. Botany A leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground, as in the tulip.
  • n. Biology A stalklike part, such as a feather shaft or a segment of an insect's antenna.
  • n. Architecture The shaft of a column.
  • v. Archaic Variant of escape.
  • n. A scene; a view. Often used in combination: seascape; mindscape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a leafless stalk growing directly out of a root
  • n. the lowest part of an insect's antenna
  • n. the shaft of a column
  • v. to escape
  • n. escape

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peduncle rising from the ground or from a subterranean stem, as in the stemless violets, the bloodroot, and the like.
  • n. The long basal joint of the antennæ of an insect.
  • n.
  • n. The shaft of a column.
  • n. The apophyge of a shaft.
  • n. An escape.
  • n. Means of escape; evasion.
  • n. A freak; a slip; a fault; an escapade.
  • n. Loose act of vice or lewdness.
  • v. To escape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To escape.
  • n. An escape.
  • n. Means of escape; evasion.
  • n. Freak; aberration; deviation; escapade; misdemeanor; trick; cheat.
  • n. In botany, a radical peduncle or stem bearing the fructification without leaves, as in the narcissus, primrose, hepatica, stemless violets, hyacinth, etc. See also cuts under jonquil and puttyroot. Also scapus.
  • n. In entomology: The basal joint of an antenna, especially when it is long and slender, as in the geniculate antennæ of many hymenopters and coleopters, or the two proximal joints, as in dipters, generally small and different from the others. The stem-like basal portion of the halter or poiser of a dipter.
  • n. In ornithology, the shaft or stem of a feather; a rachis; a scapus.
  • n. In architecture, the apophyge or spring of a column; the part where a column springs from its base, usually molded into a concave sweep or cavetto.
  • n. The cry of the snipe when flushed.
  • n. The snipe itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. erect leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground as in a tulip
  • n. (architecture) upright consisting of the vertical part of a column


Latin scāpus, stalk, perhaps from Greek skāpos.
From landscape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scāpus, from Ancient Greek (Doric) σκᾶπος (skâpos). (Wiktionary)
Formed by aphesis from escape. (Wiktionary)


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  • stem-like basal portion of the
    or poiser
    of a dipter

    August 20, 2012