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scute

[ skyoot ]
/ skyut /
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noun Zoology.
a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
a large scale.
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Origin of scute

1350–1400 for earlier sense “French coin, écu ”; 1840–50 for current senses; Middle English <Latin scūtum “shield”
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British Dictionary definitions for scute

scute
/ (skjuːt) /

noun
zoology a horny or chitinous plate that makes up part of the exoskeleton in armadillos, turtles, fishes, etc

Word Origin for scute

C14 (the name of a French coin; C19 in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum shield
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Medical definitions for scute

scute
[ skyōōt ]

n.
A thin platelike structure.
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