Definitions

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

  • adj. Zoology Covered with shieldlike bony plates or scales.
  • adj. Zoology Having a scutellum.
  • adj. Botany Shaped like a shield or platter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. saucer-shaped
  • adj. Having the tarsi covered with broad transverse scales, or scutella, as in certain birds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Formed like a plate or salver; composed of platelike surfaces.
  • adj. Having the tarsi covered with broad transverse scales, or scutella; -- said of certain birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology
  • Provided with scutella; scutate; squamate.

Etymologies

Latin scutella ("a dish, salver"). Compare English scuttle ("a basket"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I don't know whether your curiously scutellate mind has arrived at the point where it is willing to admit the existence of Monsieur X or not; but it will.

    The Sign at Six

  • The boards seemed to move fairly of their own volition, like a scutellate monster of many joints, crawling from the cars, across the dock, over the side of the ship and into the black hold where presumably it coiled.

    The Rules of the Game

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