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scute

[ skyoot ]

noun

, Zoology.
  1. a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
  2. a large scale.


scute

/ skjuːt /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of scute1

1350–1400 for earlier sense “French coin, écu ( def ) ”; 1840–50 for current senses; Middle English < Latin scūtum “shield”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scute1

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

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Example Sentences

Scutig′erous, provided with a scute or scuta; Scū′tiped, having the shanks scaly, of birds.

Tenth marginal scute: Length of anterior margin, 17 (L), 17.

Third vertebral scute: Length of anterior margin, 33; greatest width, 42; length at midline, 40 (estimated).

The width of the first vertebral scute, anteriorly and posteriorly, is less than the width of the second vertebral scute.

Eleventh marginal scute: Length of posterior margin, 14 (L).

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