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Definition of "scape" [scape]

  • Botany A leafless flower stalk growing directly from the ground, as in the tulip. (noun)
  • Biology A stalklike part, such as a feather shaft or a segment of an insect's antenna. (noun)
  • Architecture The shaft of a column. (noun)
  • Archaic Variant of escape. (verb)
  • A scene; a view. Often used in combination: seascape; mindscape. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scape" in a sentence
  • "Karl was not without _his_ hair-breadth "'scape" -- having been chased by"
  • "Teach them to cut the entire flowering stem (called a scape) to the base, to bring cuttings indoors when they are just beginning to open and to place them in water immediately."
  • "Hardneck garlic developes an impressive flowering stalk, called a scape, which can grow from 24 to 48 inches in height."