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

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In response, many Germans donned the skullcap, in solidarity and protest. Globe Staff,, "I found out Nazi money is behind my favorite coffee. Should I keep drinking it?," 4 June 2019 Just days after the furor over the German music awards, two men wearing Jewish skullcaps, or kipas, were attacked in an affluent neighborhood of Berlin by a man wielding a belt. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "Posters, Banners, Boarding Passes: Museums Try to Get a Head Start on History," 18 June 2018 Members of the faith wear white, two-piece cotton undergarments daily considered similar to holy vestments in other faiths, like a Catholic nun’s habit or a Muslim skullcap. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "David Cross show on at Utah college after ‘offensive’ tweet," 21 Aug. 2018 His shock of white hair burst out in tufts from a black skullcap adorned with rhinestones and sequins from every hue of a neon-colored rainbow, his protruding belly covered by a mustard-yellow tunic. New York Times, "The Personal Wake-Up Call to Prayers, a Ramadan Tradition, Is Endangered," 13 June 2018 Meanwhile, Uranus’s entire polar region is currently ensconced in white, like a cockeyed celestial skullcap. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Hubble Observes Ice Giant Vortexes and Polar Storms on Neptune and Uranus," 9 Feb. 2019 Start by applying a skullcap, then use a pencil to draw the outline of the smile, making sure that your eyes and mouth are inside the line. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Scariest Halloween Makeup Tutorials," 8 Oct. 2018 This formula contains herbs (chamomile, tulsi, skullcap, and milky oats) which may help to strengthen the nervous system by easing these highs and lows. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Eckhaus Latta–Approved Herbalist With a Prescription for Balanced Skin and Less Stress," 4 Jan. 2019 Some of the males wore skullcaps and thawbs, Arabic tunics, with their trousers tailored just above the ankles as per Muhammad’s example. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "A Visit to Islamic England," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of skullcap

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of skullcap

: a small, round cap that fits on top of the head and that is worn especially by Jewish men and Catholic clergymen
: a tight-fitting cap that is made of material that stretches


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

Medical Definition of skullcap

: the upper portion of the skull : calvarium

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