- a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
- a large scale.
Origin of scute
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Historical Examples of scute
They are mere dips or depressions in the surface of the scute.
Contrasting pale and dark areas of the germinal layer correspond to the pattern of markings on the scute removed.
A scute that shows a single season of growth has two layers; a new layer is added in each subsequent season of growth.
There is little actual increase in thickness of the scute after the first three or four years of growth.
The new layer is thin and indistinct under the oldest part of the scute but becomes more distinct toward its periphery.
- zoology a horny or chitinous plate that makes up part of the exoskeleton in armadillos, turtles, fishes, etc
Word Origin for scute
- A thin platelike structure.