American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Zoology Covered with shieldlike bony plates or scales.
- adj. Zoology Having a scutellum.
- adj. Botany Shaped like a shield or platter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In zoology
- Provided with scutella; scutate; squamate. Specifically, in ornithology, noting the foot of a bird when it is provided with the special plates or scales called
scutella: opposed to reticulate: as, a scutellate tarsus; toes scutellate on top.
- adj. botany saucer-shaped
- adj. zoology Having the tarsi covered with broad transverse scales, or scutella, as in certain birds.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Formed like a plate or salver; composed of platelike surfaces.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having the tarsi covered with broad transverse scales, or scutella; -- said of certain birds.
- Latin scutella ("a dish, salver"). Compare English scuttle ("a basket"). (Wiktionary)
“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 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.”
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