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scopula

[skop-yuh-luh] /ˈskɒp yə lə/
noun, plural scopulas, scopulae
[skop-yuh-lee] /ˈskɒp yəˌli/ (Show IPA).
Zoology
1.
a dense tuft of hairs, as on the feet of certain spiders.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Neo-Latin scōpula, Latin: a broom twig, equivalent to scōp(a) broom + -ula -ule
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scopula

/ˈskɒpjʊlə/
noun (pl) -las, -lae (-ˌliː)
1.
a small tuft of dense hairs on the legs and chelicerae of some spiders
Derived Forms
scopulate (ˈskɒpjʊˌleɪt; -lɪt) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin: a broom-twig, from scōpa thin twigs
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