The words "landscape", "seascape", "cityscape", "spacescape", "sandscape", "skyscape" and many more https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:English_words_suffixed_with_-scape have a common -scape suffix.

I've found in the online Cambridge dictionary (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/scape) that -scape suffix means: used to form nouns referring to a wide view of a place, often one represented in a picture

Is it the only meaning and definition?

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    If there were other meanings, I expect that Cambridge would give them. The etymology of landscape is interesting. – Mick Nov 28 '16 at 15:30
  • All the words in SCOWL that end in -scape: hastebin.com/raw/uvozupecet. – userr2684291 Nov 28 '16 at 15:58
  • @user2684291 What has "escape" in common with -scape? And never heard of the word "ascape" before, dics say it doesn't exist. – SovereignSun Nov 28 '16 at 16:02
  • I didn't say it has – maybe the other words can help you (i.e., you could look up their definitions and determine whether your assumption holds). I've also never heard of that word, but it exists, I assure you, as the OED does have an entry for it. – userr2684291 Nov 28 '16 at 16:31

-scape is not a native English suffix. It arises by extension from the term landscape, meaning a painting of a rural or remote area; this was taken into English in the 17th century from Dutch landschap, at a period when the Netherlands were perhaps the major center of artistic innovation in Europe.

  • This is a narrow, specialized sense of Dutch landschap, which generally means "region" and is composed of land, pretty much the same as the English cognate with the same spelling, and -schap, a suffix cognate with English -ship having the general sense "state, condition".

In English, however, all senses of -scape are extended from the art sense, sometimes literally (seascape, for instance) and sometimes figuratively (mindscape, soundscape).

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