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1. Roman Catholic Church
a. A monk's sleeveless outer garment that hangs from the shoulders and sometimes has a cowl.
b. A pair of pieces of cloth joined by shoulder bands and worn under clothing on the chest and back as a sacramental, sometimes entailing lay affiliation with a religious order.
2. One of the feathers covering the shoulder of a bird.
adj. also scap·u·lar·y (-lĕr′ē) Anatomy
Of or relating to the shoulder or scapula.

[Middle English scapulare, from Late Latin scapulāre, from neuter of scapulāris, pertaining to the shoulders or scapulae, from scapula, shoulder; see scapula.]
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Noun1.scapulary - 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
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
monastic habit - a long loose habit worn by monks in a monastery
References in classic literature ?
They could not, however, break him of his habit of cross- ing himself, but he went so far as to take off the string with a couple of brass medals the size of a sixpence, a tiny metal cross, and a square sort of scapulary which he wore round his neck.
The committee choosing the dress had settled for a modest garment with accessories that included "rosaries hanging from a bullet-studded belt, a crucifix necklace, and a scapulary," The Times unhelpfully glossed this as "the neck part of a nun's or monk's habit;" in fact, it was the humbler label on a string favoured by devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Routine preoperative radiographs (anteroposterior views with the shoulder in internal and external rotation, scapularY view, and axillary view) of the affected shoulder were obtained for all patients.