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.