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 Bennett, a modern Orthodox Jew, will be Israel's first prime minister who regularly wears a kippa, the skullcap worn by observant Jews. Fox News, 14 June 2021 Bennett, a father of four and a modern Orthodox Jew, will be Israel's first prime minister who regularly wears a kippa, the skullcap worn by observant Jews. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 13 June 2021 Bennett still wears a small yarmulke, or skullcap — in Israel, normally a signifier of devout Orthodox Judaism — which clings to his bald pate in a precarious manner that even admirers sometimes lightly mock. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 The suspect, described as a tall man in his late 30s or early 40s, was wearing a dark skullcap, dark jacket and dark-colored pants. Henri Hollis, ajc, 12 Mar. 2021 The production created a fiberglass skullcap for the actress to wear that had animatronic appendages mounted to the top of it. Craigh Barboza, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2021 Israeli couple Noemie Azerad, right, and her husband Simon David Benhamou grasp each others hands on the shoulders of skullcap-wearing groomsmen during their wedding party at a hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2021 In recent years, partly because of warmer ocean water, much less sea ice has bobbed on the ocean off the coast of western and northern Alaska, and on the skullcap of the planet — the Arctic Ocean basin. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2020 Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government earlier this year affirmed its commitment to protecting Jews who wear skullcaps from anti-Semitic threats. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Skullcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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