Definitions

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

  • adjective Zoology Covered with overlapping bony plates or scales.
  • adjective Biology Shaped like a shield or platter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In zoology
  • Provided with scutella; scutate; squamate.

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

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Formed like a plate or salver; composed of platelike surfaces.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having the tarsi covered with broad transverse scales, or scutella; -- said of certain birds.

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

  • adjective botany saucer-shaped
  • adjective zoology Having the tarsi covered with broad transverse scales, or scutella, as in certain birds.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin scutella ("a dish, salver"). Compare English scuttle ("a basket").

Examples

  • I don't know whether your curiously scutellate mind has arrived at the point where it is willing to admit the existence of Monsieur X or not; but it will.

    The Sign at Six

  • The boards seemed to move fairly of their own volition, like a scutellate monster of many joints, crawling from the cars, across the dock, over the side of the ship and into the black hold where presumably it coiled.

    The Rules of the Game

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