One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small brushlike tuft of hairs on some insects, especially that on which pollen collects on the leg of a bee.
clump, bunch, knot, cluster, tussock, tuffetView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Moreover, the distinctively dense scopae typical for eucerines are conspicuously absent in the fossil.’
- ‘They collected and stored pseudopollen, which extends the entire length of the disc midline, in their scopae.’
Early 19th century: from Latin scopae (plural) ‘twigs, broom’.
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