from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In herpetology, one of the large special scales or scutes, generally alternating or two-rowed, which cover the under side of the tail of a snake, as the gastrosteges cover the abdomen. The number and disposition of the urosteges furnish zoölogical characters in many cases. Compare gastrostege.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the plates on the under side of the tail of a serpent.

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

  • noun zoology One of the plates on the underside of a snake's tail.


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  • A scale in the bathroom can’t harm me.

    To scale a small mountain would charm me.

    But I get the heebie-jeebies

    When I think of urosteges,

    For scales on a snake do alarm me.

    May 14, 2019