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

  • n. Either of two large, flat, triangular bones forming the back part of the shoulder. Also called shoulder blade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of the two large, flat, bones forming the back of the shoulder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The principal bone of the shoulder girdle in mammals; the shoulder blade.
  • n. One of the plates from which the arms of a crinoid arise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the shoulder-blade, or blade-bone, or omoplate.
  • n. In Crinoidea, one of the plates in the cup which give rise to the arms.
  • n. In entomology: One of the parapsides or plicæ scapulares on the side of the mesothorax.
  • n. A pleura, including the episternum and epimeron, the latter being distinguished by Burmeister as the posterior wing of the scapula. Also scapularium. See parapsis.
  • n. A shoulder-tippet, or shoulder-cover. See patagium .
  • n. A trochanter of the fore leg.

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

  • n. either of two flat triangular bones one on each side of the shoulder in human beings


Late Latin, shoulder, from Latin scapulae, the shoulder blades.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin scapula ("shoulder"). (Wiktionary)



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