Definition of scopa in English:


nounPlural scopae

  • A small brushlike tuft of hairs on some insects, especially that on which pollen collects on the leg of a bee.

    • ‘Moreover, the distinctively dense scopae typical for eucerines are conspicuously absent in the fossil.’
    • ‘Both species landed directly on the column but, while one scraped its abdomen against the anthers, the other introduced its glossa into the anther, and then scraped it-with the many adhered pollen grains-against its scopae.’
    • ‘They collected and stored pseudopollen, which extends the entire length of the disc midline, in their scopae.’
    clump, bunch, knot, cluster, tussock, tuffet
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Early 19th century: from Latin scopae (plural) ‘twigs, broom’.