skull·​cap | \ ˈskəl-ˌkap How to pronounce skullcap (audio) \

Definition of skullcap

1 : a close-fitting cap especially : a light brimless cap for indoor wear
2 : any of various mints (genus Scutellaria) having a bell-shaped calyx that when inverted resembles a helmet
3 : the upper portion of the skull : calvarium

Examples of skullcap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ayala appears within seconds, wearing sunglasses and a black skullcap. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2022 Biden, wearing a skullcap, was invited to rekindle the eternal flame in the memorial's Hall of Remembrance. Arkansas Online, 14 July 2022 Judge Hansell, in a black tuxedo and skullcap, walked arm in arm with his niece, Kara Aron, and nephew, Grant Hansell. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Key ingredients include skullcap, Vitamin E, and avocadin. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 17 Mar. 2022 On the sidelines, Billie Eilish (in a crystal skullcap) and Miley Cyrus (in sapphire fringe and butter yellow feathers) applauded. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The doppa, a traditional skullcap worn across Central Asia, was passed down to the woman, Subhi Bora, as a girl by her mother, who is Uyghur, a predominantly Muslim, Turkic group from the autonomous region of Xinjiang in northwestern China. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Paolo pointed to the zucchetto, the Pope’s white skullcap, and sat in a chair that one of the clerics vacated for him. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 According to Salman, under the British Mandate for Palestine, her grandmother was an embroiderer and would create Kippahs (otherwise known as a yarmulke, a skullcap) for Jewish men. Allison Norlian, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of skullcap

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of skullcap was in 1682

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3 Oct 2022

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skull·​cap | \ ˈskəl-ˌkap How to pronounce skullcap (audio) \

Medical Definition of skullcap

: the upper portion of the skull : calvarium

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