- plural of scutum.
- Zoology. scute(def 1).
- a large, oblong shield used by the heavy legionaries of ancient Rome.
- genitive Scu·ti [skoo-tahy] /ˈsku taɪ/. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Shield, a southern constellation north of Sagittarius and east of Aquila, containing a small, very bright star cloud.
Origin of scutum
First recorded in 1765–75, scutum is from the Latin word scūtum shield
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Examples from the Web for scuta
Cavities in the Scuta of the Female for the reception of the Males.
The scuta, terga, and carina are much larger than the other valves.
Abdomen: Half as broad as it is long and divided into twelve scuta.
Operculum, or opercular valves.These consist of a pair of scuta and a pair of terga.
Cirripedia without a peduncle; scuta and terga furnished with depressor muscles; other valves united immoveably together.
- the plural of scutum
- a small faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Sagittarius and Aquila and crossed by the Milky WayAlso called: Scutum Sobieskii (sɒˈbjɛskɪ)
Latin, literally: the Shield
- the middle of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided
- another word for scute
- a large Roman shield