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scape1

[skeyp] /skeɪp/
noun
1.
Botany. a leafless peduncle rising from the ground.
2.
Zoology. a stemlike part, as the shaft of a feather.
3.
Architecture. the shaft of a column.
4.
Entomology. the stemlike basal segment of the antenna of certain insects.
Origin
Doric Greek
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin scāpus stalk < Doric Greek skâpos, akin to Attic skêptron staff, scepter

scape2

[skeyp] /skeɪp/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), scaped, scaping. Archaic.
1.
Also, 'scape.

-scape

1.
a combining form extracted from landscape, denoting “an extensive view, scenery,” or “a picture or representation” of such a view, as specified by the initial element:
cityscape; moonscape; seascape.
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Examples for scape
  • Engineers must wear scape suits, designed to protect them from the toxic fuel.
  • Garlic scapes are picked off the plant to increase bulb size, but a scape pesto can be the envy of all your friends.
  • The sound of cell phone conversations has long been part of the ambient noise scape common to urban settings.
  • They are the scape goats for all of the political and domestic instability.
  • They seek to run their countries into the ground and blame a scape goat when things go bad.
  • Descriptive of a leafless stem that bears an inflorescence or describing a plant that has a scape.
British Dictionary definitions for scape

scape1

/skeɪp/
noun
1.
a leafless stalk in plants that arises from a rosette of leaves and bears one or more flowers
2.
(zoology) a stalklike part, such as the first segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Forms
scapose, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scāpus stem, from (Doric) Greek skapos; see shaft

scape2

/skeɪp/
verb, noun
1.
an archaic word for escape

-scape

suffix
1.
indicating a scene or view of something, esp a pictorial representation seascape
Word Origin
abstracted from landscape
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Word Origin and History for scape
n.

"scenery view," 1773, abstracted from landscape (n.); as a comb. element, first attested use is 1796, in prisonscape.

v.

late 13c., shortened form of escape; frequent in prose till late 17c. Related: Scaped (sometimes 15c.-16c. with strong past tense scope); scaping. As a noun from c.1300.

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