scutellation

[ skyoot-l-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌskyut lˈeɪ ʃən /

noun Zoology.

a scutellate state or formation; a scaly covering, as on a bird's foot.
an arrangement of scutella or scales.

Origin of scutellation

First recorded in 1870–75; scutell(um) + -ation
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scutellation

/ (ˌskjuːtɪˈleɪʃən) /

noun zoology

the way in which scales or plates are arranged in an animal
a covering of scales or scutella, as on a bird's leg

Word Origin for scutellation

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