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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Recent Examples on the Web Devotees in long white robes and skullcaps sat close to each other or slept on mats on the ground. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Around 10,000 Muslims, Christians gather for events in Indonesia during coronavirus outbreak," 21 Mar. 2020 The burqa’s fabric falls from a skullcap fitted to the woman’s head. New York Times, "‘A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star,’ by Sanam Maher: An Excerpt," 2 Feb. 2020 Troops brought them to their arraignments seven years ago in loose white clothing, skullcaps and canvas slippers, all issued by the prison. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, "Inside America’s War Court: Clothing and Culture at Guantánamo Bay," 27 Dec. 2019 Top it off with snow pants, waterproof shell, plus snow gloves, skullcap and ski cap, and glacier glasses. Tom Stienstra,, "How to brave winter weather and enjoy the great outdoors," 22 Dec. 2019 Bill 21, a law enacted this year, bans Quebec’s civil servants from wearing religious symbols, including Sikh turbans, Jewish skullcaps or kippahs, and Muslim headscarves or hijabs. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Manitoba had a cheeky response to Quebec’s ban on religious symbols," 29 Nov. 2019 Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "David Cross offends with jokes about Mormons, beating up Donald Trump," 24 Aug. 2018 Sometimes resurgent anti-Semitism is violent and proud, as with the beating with a belt of two men wearing skullcaps in Berlin last spring. The Economist, "Historical memorials are not enough to stop anti-Semitism in Europe," 22 Aug. 2019 The crowd mingling in the Four Seasons included men in traditional Gulf Arab dress as well as Israeli and American participants wearing kippahs, the Jewish skullcap. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Jared Kushner Pushes Trump Peace Plan in Bahrain," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of skullcap

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Apr 2020

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“Skullcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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