scapular

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From Latin scapulāre, from Latin scapula (shoulder). Compare scapulary.

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scapular (plural scapulars)

  1. (Christianity) A short cloak worn around the shoulders, adopted as part of the uniform of various religious orders, later often with an embroidered image of a saint. [from 15th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 30:
      A scapular, or friar's coat, for example, was a coveted object to be worn as a preservative against pestilence or the ague […].
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 409:
      She granted the Whitefriars identical powers to the Blackfriars, to bless a part of their friar's habit which draped over their shoulders and was known as the scapular; now laity could wear it and derive spiritual privileges from it.
  2. (zoology) One of a special group of feathers which arise from each of the scapular regions and lie along the sides of the back.
  3. A bandage passing over the shoulder to support it, or to retain another bandage in place.
  4. (Christianity) A cloth talisman, usually with an embroidered image of a saint, worn around the neck.

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scapular (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the scapula. [from 18th c.]

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