Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A horny, chitinous, or bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle or the underside of a snake. Also called scutum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A horny, chitinous, or bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle or the skin of crocodiles.
  • n. A proneural gene, often associated with achaete, that is required for the formation of many larval and adult sense organs
  • n. A small shield.
  • n. An old French gold coin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small shield.
  • n. An old French gold coin of the value of 3s. 4d. sterling, or about 80 cents.
  • n. A bony scale of a reptile or fish; a large horny scale on the leg of a bird, or on the belly of a snake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shield or buckler; also, a heraldic shield; an escutcheon.
  • n. An old French gold coin, of the value of 3s. 4d. sterling, or 80 cents.
  • n. In zoology, a scutum or scutellum, in any sense; a squama; a large scale; a shield, plate, or buckler: as, the dermal scutes of a ganoid fish, a turtle, an armadillo, a scaly ant-eater, etc. See cuts under carapace and Acipenser.
  • n. An obsolete form of scout.
  • n. In anatomy, a semilunar plate of bone forming the outer portion of the roof of the tympanum of the ear. Also called scutum tympanicum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake

Etymologies

From Latin scūtum, shield; see scutum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scutum ("shield") (Wiktionary)

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    November 11, 2008