Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A keratinous, chitinous, or bony external plate, as on the shell of a turtle or the underside of a snake.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anatomy, a semilunar plate of bone forming the outer portion of the roof of the tympanum of the ear. Also called scutum tympanicum.
  • noun A shield or buckler; also, a heraldic shield; an escutcheon.
  • noun An old French gold coin, of the value of 3s. 4d. sterling, or 80 cents.
  • noun In zoology, a scutum or scutellum, in any sense; a squama; a large scale; a shield, plate, or buckler: as, the dermal scutes of a ganoid fish, a turtle, an armadillo, a scaly ant-eater, etc. See cuts under carapace and Acipenser.
  • noun An obsolete form of scout.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A small shield.
  • noun An old French gold coin of the value of 3s. 4d. sterling, or about 80 cents.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A bony scale of a reptile or fish; a large horny scale on the leg of a bird, or on the belly of a snake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun biology A horny, chitinous, or bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle or the skin of crocodiles.
  • noun genetics A proneural gene, often associated with achaete, that is required for the formation of many larval and adult sense organs
  • noun obsolete A small shield.
  • noun historical An old French gold coin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake

Etymologies

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

[From Latin scūtum, shield; see scutum.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin scutum ("shield")

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