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

  • n. Zoology A shieldlike bony plate or scale, as on the thorax of some insects.
  • n. Botany Any of several shield-shaped structures, such as the cotyledon of a grass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several shield-shaped structures in insects, grasses etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rounded apothecium having an elevated rim formed of the proper thallus, the fructification of certain lichens.
  • n.
  • n. The third of the four pieces forming the upper part of a thoracic segment of an insect. It follows the scutum, and is followed by the small postscutellum; a scutella. See Thorax.
  • n. One of the transverse scales on the tarsi and toes of birds; a scutella.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little shield, plate, or scute.


New Latin scūtellum, from Latin, diminutive of scūtum, shield; see scutum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Neuter diminutive of Latin scutum a shield. (Wiktionary)


  • The scutellum is the white triangular spot at the front of the elytra or wingcovers, on the thorax.

    What's That Bug?

  • Head shining, with white tomentum beneath and on each side of the face; third joint of the antennæ piceous, arista simple; thorax with two cinereous stripes and with one cinereous band, somewhat chalybeous towards the scutellum, which is tawny; the band continued on each side of the pectus, whose disk is cinereous; abdomen with an interrupted æneous-green band on the second segment, third and fourth segments æneous-green, each with three large black spots; tibia somewhat tawny towards the base; wings brown (male) or dark brown

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • Abutting onto the endosperm from one side is the scutellum, a single modified leaf that absorbs, digests, and conducts food from the endosperm to the embryo, or “germ,” which is at the base of the fruit, and which is also well endowed with oil, enzymes, and flavor.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The large mass of endosperm cells stores food to nourish the early growth of the embryo or “germ.” fruit seed coats scutellum

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Dorso-alar region: Diptera; between the transverse suture and the scutellum on one side and the root of the wing and the dorso-central region on the other.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Axillae: two small, subtriangular sclerites at the lateral basal angles of the meso-scutellum in Proctytripidae.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Omia: the shoulders: the lateral anterior angles of an agglutinated thorax, when they are distinct: = see umbone: in Coleoptera; a corneous sclerite to which the muscles of the anterior coxa are attached; also the lateral margin of the prothorax; also the lateral margin of the scutellum in Carabids and Dytiscids.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Parapsidae: the small sclerites on each side of the scutellum in

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Dorsulum: the mesonotum before the scutellum, with the wing sockets: also, specifically, the meso-scutellum.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Dorsum: the upper surface: in Coleoptera; often confined to meso - and meta-thorax: Odonata; includes mesepisterna and meso - and meta-thoracic terga: Diptera; upper surface of thorax, limited by the dorsopleural sutures laterally, the scutellum posteriorly and the neck anteriorly: Lepidoptera; the lower or inner margin of the wing.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology


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