skullcap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n skullcap rounded brimless cap fitting the crown of the head
    • n skullcap the dome of the skull
    • n skullcap a herbaceous plant of the genus Scutellaria which has a calyx that, when inverted, resembles a helmet with its visor raised
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Skullcap A cap which fits the head closely; also, formerly, a headpiece of iron sewed inside of a cap for protection.
    • Skullcap (Bot) Any plant of the labiate genus Scutellaria, the calyx of whose flower appears, when inverted, like a helmet with the visor raised.
    • Skullcap (Zoöl) The Lophiomys.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skullcap Any cap fitting closely to the head; also, the iron cap of defense. See skull, 4.
    • n skullcap The sinciput; the upper domed part of the skull, roofing over the brain; the calvarium. See cut under cranium.
    • n skullcap A murine rodent quadruped of the family Lophiomyidæ.
    • n skullcap A plant of the genus Scutellaria: so called from the helmet-like appendage to the upper lip of the calyx, which closes the mouth of the calyx after the fall of the corolla. The more familiar species, as S. galericulata, are not showy; others are recommended for the flower-garden, especially S. macrantha from eastern Asia, which produces abundant velvety dark-blue flowers. S. Mociniana is a scarlet-flowered greenhouse species from Mexico. S. lateriflora of North America has had some apparently ill-grounded recognition as a nervine, and was once considered useful in hydrophobia (whence called madweed, or mad-dog skullcap). S. serrata, with large blue flowers, is one of the handsomest wild American species.
    • n skullcap A thin stratum of compact limestone lying at the base of the Purbeck beds, and underlain by a shelly limestone locally known as roach, forming the uppermost division of the Portland series, as this portion of the Jurassic is developed in the so-called Isle of Portland, England.
    • n skullcap In entomology, the upper part of the integument of the head, including the front and vertex.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Skullcap a cap which fits closely to the head: the sinciput
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. skál, a shell; conn. with shell and scale, a thin plate.

Usage

In literature:

Sir Peter, an old gentleman in a velvet skullcap, particularly enlarged upon the latter.
"East Lynne" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He looked like a Frenchman, by the way, and always wore a skullcap.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
I would disrupt that leather-bound volume, violate that black skullcap, burn the accounts.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
Solly Gumble removed his skullcap, fluffed his scanty ring of curls, and drew on the cap again.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
He wore the scarlet robes of his office, and a scarlet skullcap was on his head.
"For the Faith" by Evelyn Everett-Green
And the very last one of all was clad in a bath robe and wore a black skullcap.
"Kit of Greenacre Farm" by Izola Forrester
The water had sleeked down his hair to a satin skullcap on his full head.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Some wear turbans, but the majority simply skullcaps.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
He had a close-fitting skullcap on his head, of white, embroidered linen.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
Was she wondering how my head and face looked without the black felt skullcap low-visored over my eyes?
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
A few wear turbans, but generally their headgear is a round skullcap with tassel or button.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
You draw it tight, tie it so, and it turns the lining into a leather skullcap, doesn't it?
"Draw Swords!" by George Manville Fenn
Can't be about that thwack I gin him over the skullcap?
"The White Gauntlet" by Mayne Reid
Abdul told me that Jews in this country mostly wear blue clothes and black skullcaps.
"King of the Air" by Herbert Strang
His hair and beard are still iron-gray; the hair is concealed largely by the silk skullcap he always wears, but the beard is abundant.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4, September 1893" by Various
Sage, } Skullcap, (herb,) 1 ounce.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
COMMON NAME, Mad-dog skullcap.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
The bright-green herbage and the rich purple-blue flowers of the little skullcap may be looked for early in February.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
He took off his skullcap, and passed his hand over his soft white hair.
"The Devourers" by Annie Vivanti Chartres
At one time he had had a fancy, for his health, to wear a sort of skullcap.
"Atrocious Judges" by John Campbell, Baron Campbell
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In news:

In the Medina, skullcapped artisans sweat over ancient lathes while overdressed French tourists haggle over inlaid cedar boxes and silver lamps.
Tailor holds the "zucchetto," or white silk skullcap, that late Pope John Paul II never had the chance to wear, in the window of the tiny shop that served the pontiff .
Skinhead Puts on Skullcap.
A lawyer representing DC Comics and Marvel says the comics giants are suing a Jerusalem vendor for selling Jewish skullcaps , or kippas, adorned with unauthorized images of crime-fighting superheroes Batman and Spiderman.
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