from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In architecture, the shaft of a column.
- noun In botany, same as
- noun In entomology, the scape of an antenna.
- noun In ornithology, the scape of a feather; the whole stem or shaft, divided into the barrel or calamus and the rachis.
- noun [capitalized] A genus of cœlenterates.
- noun In sea-pens, the main stem, the lower part of which is sunk in the mud while the upper bears the zoöids.
- noun In actinians, the main part of the body as differentiated from the upper, tentacle-bearing region or capitulum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun See 1st
Sorry, no etymologies found.
A hair consists of a root, the part implanted in the skin; and a shaft or scapus, the portion projecting from the surface.
The shaft of the hair (scapus pili) consists, from within outward, of three parts, the medulla, the cortex, and the cuticle.