from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Zoology Covered or protected by scutes.
  • adj. Botany Shaped like a shield or buckler: scutate leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shaped like a shield or buckler
  • adj. Of, pertaining to or covered with scutes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Buckler-shaped; round or nearly round.
  • adj. Protected or covered by bony or horny plates, or large scales.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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 peltate
  • 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.


Latin scūtātus, shield-bearing, from scūtum, shield; see scutum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon


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