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scaped; scaping
: escape
some innocents scape not the thunderboltWilliam Shakespeare


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noun (1)

: a peduncle arising at or beneath the surface of the ground in an acaulescent plant (such as the tulip)
broadly : a flower stalk
: the shaft of an animal part (such as an antenna or feather)


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noun (2)

: a view or picture of a scene
usually used in combination

Examples of scape in a Sentence

Verb the queen has vowed that none of the traitors shall scape the gallows, be their station ever so high
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



Middle English, short for escapen

Noun (1)

Latin scapus shaft, stalk — more at shaft

Noun (2)


First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scape was in the 13th century

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“Scape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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