- a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
- a large scale.
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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Examples from the Web for 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
C14 (the name of a French coin; C19 in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum shield
- A thin platelike structure.
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