American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An arrangement or a covering of scales, as that on a bird's leg.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology, the condition of the foot when the horny covering is fashioned into scutella; the state of being scutellate, or provided with scutella; the arrangement of the scutella: opposed to reticulation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The entire covering, or mode of arrangement, of scales, as on the legs and feet of a bird.
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