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From Latin per- ‘throughout’ + scopatus, from scopa ‘bristle’ (classically only found in plural scopae ‘broom, brush’).



perscopate (third-person singular simple present perscopates, present participle perscopating, simple past and past participle perscopated)

  1. (archaic) to bristle or horripilate
    • 1970, Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander:
      Let us take your cat: now suppose we shave her tail, so that it cannot shall I say perscopate or bristle; suppose we attach a board to her back, so that it cannot arch; suppose we then exhibit a displeasing sight – a sportive dog, for instance.