scop·​u·​la | \ ˈskäpyələ \
plural scopulas\ -​ləz \ or scopulae\ -​yəˌlē \

Definition of scopula

1a : a bushy tuft of hairs : scopa
b : a tuft of hairs on the feet and chelicerae of spiders that is used in making the web
2 : an ornamented rhabdus

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History and Etymology for scopula

New Latin, from Late Latin, small broom, diminutive of Latin scopa broom

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“Scopula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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