nounWord forms: plural ˈscapuˌlae (ˈskæpjəˌli
; skapˈyəlēˌ) or ˈscapulas
either of two flat, triangular bones in the back of the shoulders of humans, or a similar bone in other vertebrates; shoulder blade
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Word origin of 'scapula'
ModL < L (usually pl., scapulae
), orig. prob. shovel (from use of the bone as a spade): for IE base see scaphoid