noun, plural scopulas, scopulae [skop-yuh-lee] . Zoology.
a dense tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain spiders.

1795–1805; < Neo-Latin scōpula, Latin: a broom twig, equivalent to scōp(a) broom + -ula -ule Unabridged
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scopula (ˈskɒpjʊlə)
n , pl -las, -lae
a small tuft of dense hairs on the legs and chelicerae of some spiders
[C19: from Late Latin: a broom-twig, from scōpa thin twigs]

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