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[skyoot-l-ey-shuh n]
noun Zoology.
  1. a scutellate state or formation; a scaly covering, as on a bird's foot.
  2. an arrangement of scutella or scales.
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Origin of scutellation

First recorded in 1870–75; scutell(um) + -ation
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noun zoology
  1. the way in which scales or plates are arranged in an animal
  2. a covering of scales or scutella, as on a bird's leg
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Word Origin for scutellation

C19: New Latin, from scutella, plural of scutellum + -ation
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