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  • n. One of the plates on the underside of a snake's tail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the plates on the under side of the tail of a serpent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In herpetology, one of the large special scales or scutes, generally alternating or two-rowed, which cover the under side of the tail of a snake, as the gastrosteges cover the abdomen. The number and disposition of the urosteges furnish zo├Âlogical characters in many cases. Compare gastrostege.


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