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  1. Botany. formed like a round buckler.
  2. Zoology. having scutes, shields, or large scales.
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Origin of scutate

From the Latin word scūtātus, dating back to 1820–30. See scutum, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for scutate


  1. (of animals) having or covered with large bony or horny plates
  2. botany shaped like a round shield or bucklera scutate leaf
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Derived Formsscutation, noun

Word Origin for scutate

C19: from Latin scūtātus armed with a shield, from scūtum a shield
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