from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Zoology Covered or protected by scutes.
- adjective Botany Shaped like a shield.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In zoology:
- Provided with scutes, shields, plates, or large scales; squamate; squamous; scaly; scutellate.
- Resembling a scute or shield; broad and somewhat convex.
- In botany, formed like an ancient round buckler: as, a scutate leaf. See cut under
- A tarsus in which a single joint is dilated so as to form a broad plate.
- A tarsus covered with large flat scales, as in the genus Lepisma.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Buckler-shaped; round or nearly round.
- adjective (Zoöl.) Protected or covered by bony or horny plates, or large scales.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Shaped like a
- adjective Of, pertaining to or covered with
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Their scales, instead of being imbricated like those of land-snakes, form hexagons; and those on the belly, instead of being scutate and enlarged, are nearly of the same size and form as on other parts of the body.