One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long, leafless flower stalk coming directly from a root.
- ‘In October, the scapes put out flower heads that do not produce seed.’
- ‘You also can propagate daylilies by removing and planting the proliferation (small plant) that may develop about halfway up a flower scape.’
- ‘Rabbits occasionally eat young shoots in the spring, and sometimes bite off flower scapes.’
- ‘Flowers rise above the foliage on a scape, and, as the name implies, last for only a day.’
- ‘The eastern populations possessed smaller and fewer leaves and flowering scapes than the western populations.’
The basal segment of an insect's antenna, especially when it is enlarged and lengthened (as in a weevil).
- ‘It consists of an end sac, a straight proximal tubule, a short distal tubule, and a raised nephropore, all in the scape of the chelifore.’
- ‘Forelius sp. 1 is apparently an undescribed species, distinguishable from Forelius maccooki by the lack of erect setae on the antennal scapes (S. Cover, personal communication).’
Early 19th century: via Latin from Greek skapos ‘rod’; related to scepter.
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