- n. Plural form of scute.
“Down their wide flanks run reptilian spikes, called "scutes," ancient prototypes of fish scales.”
“The bony plates or scales on crocodiles, called scutes, are clipped during first captures.”
“The plates on the back are called scutes; firefly larvae also have this character.”
“It takes two hours to do all that is needed - taking skin samples for genetic studies, recording information about the turtle's shell including the locations of barnacles and number of "scutes," attaching a metal ID-tag to each of the turtle's flippers, and weighing and measuring each of the four turtles.”
“She cuts away most of the bony protective skin from its back, but leaves three ridges called 'scutes' near the tail to identify the work as hers to anyone who inspects or grades the hide.”
“The dermis when hardened becomes bony, and of such nature are the bony skin-plates or "scutes" and teeth.”
“His iron scutes clanged violently, sounding the bells of the Church of the Contumacious Rhinoceros.”
“Concave scutes decorated his spine and not incidentally provided smooth seats for any who might choose to ride there.”
“Five spinal scutes called vertebrals, 8 flanking scutes 4 per side called pleurals and ringed in by 20 edge scutes called marginals.”
“The top of the turtle shell or carapace consists of 33 plates or scutes.”
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