• WordNet 3.6
    • adj scapular relating to or near the shoulder blade
    • n scapular a feather covering the shoulder of a bird
    • n scapular garment consisting of a long wide piece of woolen cloth worn over the shoulders with an opening for the head; part of a monastic habit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scapular (Surg) A bandage passing over the shoulder to support it, or to retain another bandage in place.
    • Scapular (R. C. Ch) A loose sleeveless vestment falling in front and behind, worn by certain religious orders and devout persons.
    • a Scapular Of or pertaining to the scapula or the shoulder.
    • n Scapular (Zoöl) One of a special group of feathers which arise from each of the scapular regions and lie along the sides of the back.
    • Scapular (R. C. Ch) The name given to two pieces of cloth worn under the ordinary garb and over the shoulders as an act of devotion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scapular Of or pertaining to the shoulders or the shoulder-blades; pertaining to the scapula (in any sense), or to scapulars. Also scapulary.
    • scapular Posterior, the continuation of the transversalis colli along the vertebral border of the scapula as far as the inferior angle.
    • n scapular A short cloak with a hood, apparently confined to monastic orders, and among them the garment for use while at work, etc., as distinguished from a fuller and longer robe; hence, specifically, a long narrow strip of cloth, covering the shoulders and hanging down before and behind to the knees, worn by certain religious orders; two small pieces of cloth connected by strings, and worn over the shoulders by lay persons in the Roman Catholic Church, as a token of devotion, in honor of the Virgin Mary, etc. The original scapular was first introduced by St. Benedict, in lieu of a heavy cowl for the shoulders. Also scapulary.
    • n scapular In surgery, a bandage for the shoulder-blade. Also scapulary.
    • n scapular In ornithology, the bundle of feathers which springs from the pteryla humeralis or humeral tract, at or near the shoulder, and lies along the side of the back; the shoulder-feathers: generally used in the plural. Also scapulary. See cut under covert.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scapular pertaining to the shoulder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. scapulaire, LL. scapularium, scapulare, fr. L. scapula, shoulder blade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. scapulæ, the shoulder-blades, prob. cog. with scapus, a shaft.


In literature:

M. Posterior scapular artery.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
She wore no scapular, and no hood above the close cap that hid her hair and crossed her forehead.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
He hated the crucifix, he hated the scapular, he hated the priests.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
Neither cowl nor scapular fetters his motions; a plain black gown, not unlike a frock-coat, envelopes his person.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Long afterwards, Henry had talked to his father about Bridget, and Mr. Quinn had expressed regret for what he had said about the scapular.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
A handsome and very different species from any of the foregoing, having the crown ashy blue, and the long scapulars black instead of white.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Etheleage, monastic dress, cowl and scapular; large curly beard.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
Geoghen, with his towering, menacing form, his dull, animal's face, his swinging crutch, his mysterious scapular, haunted me continuously.
"The Seven-Branched Candlestick" by Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
Thus the clavicular arch is placed in front of the scapular arch.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
No, it's not a scapular, Bennett.
"Kim" by Rudyard Kipling

In poetry:

Lithe and ferret-eyed the younger,
Black his scapular denoting
A lay brother; his companion
Large, imperious, towers above him.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

These simple exercises can result in major benefits to the strength and stability of your shoulders and scapular muscles — those associated with the shoulder blades.