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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-scape

A specified type of scene, or a representation of it.

[The ending of English landscape.]

This combining form is common and active, both to describe real scenes (cityscape, streetscape) and virtual or imaginary ones (dreamscape, mindscape). It is frequently employed to make casual formations, often used only once: Californiascape, skyscraperscape, plotscape. Escape does not belong here, being formed from Latin ex-, out, and cappa, cloak, figuratively to take off one's cloak, to throw off restraint.

Examples of words in -scape
Terms are based on English stems.

cityscape the visual appearance of a city or urban area; a city landscape
cloudscape a scene of clouds
dreamscape a landscape or scene with the strangeness or mystery characteristic of dreams
interiorscape the appearance of the inside of a building, especially in relation to interior design; a mental landscape
mediascape the world as it appears in the broadcasting and print media, considered to be distorted from reality in some respect
mindscape a mental view of one's surroundings
moonscape a view of the surface of the Moon, or an area that resembles it in barrenness and desolation
nightscape a night-time view, say of a city
soundscape a piece of music considered in terms of its component sounds
streetscape a view of streets, or an environment of streets, especially in an urban area
timescape time considered as an unchanging analogue to landscape
townscape the visual appearance of a town or urban area; an urban landscape
xeriscape a style of landscape design requiring little or no irrigation or other maintenance, used in arid regions (Greek xēros, dry)

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