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.
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- adjective botany
- adjective zoology Having the
tarsicovered with broad transverse scales, or scutella, as in certain birds.
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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 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.