Meaning of scape in English:


Pronunciation /skeɪp/


  • 1Botany
    A long flower stalk coming directly from a root.

  • 2Entomology
    The basal segment of an insect's antenna, especially when it is enlarged and lengthened (as in a weevil).

    ‘Forelius sp. 1 is apparently an undescribed species, distinguishable from Forelius maccooki by the lack of erect setae on the antennal scapes (S. Cover, personal communication).’
    • ‘It consists of an end sac, a straight proximal tubule, a short distal tubule, and a raised nephropore, all in the scape of the chelifore.’


Early 19th century via Latin from Greek skapos ‘rod’; related to sceptre.