scutellum

[ skyoo-tel-uh m ]
/ skyuˈtɛl əm /
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noun, plural scu·tel·la [skyoo-tel-uh] /skyuˈtɛl ə/.

Botany. the shieldlike cotyledon of certain monocots.
Zoology. a small plate, scutum, or other shieldlike part, as on the thorax of insects or the feet of birds.

Nearby words

  1. scutch grass,
  2. scutcheon,
  3. scute,
  4. scutellate,
  5. scutellation,
  6. scutiform,
  7. scutter,
  8. scuttle,
  9. scuttlebutt,
  10. scutular

Origin of scutellum

1750–60; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin scūt(um) shield (see scute) + -ellum diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for scutellum

scutellum

/ (skjuːˈtɛləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə) biology

the last of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided
one of the scales on the tarsus of a bird's leg
an outgrowth from a germinating grass seed that probably represents the cotyledon
any other small shield-shaped part or structure
Derived Formsscutellar, adjectivescutellate (ˈskjuːtɪˌleɪt, -lɪt), adjective

Word Origin for scutellum

C18: from New Latin: a little shield, from Latin scūtum a shield

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Science definitions for scutellum

scutellum

[ skyōō-tĕləm ]

Plural scutella

A shieldlike bony plate or scale, as on the thorax of some insects.
The large, shield-shaped cotyledon of the embryo of a grass plant, specialized for the absorption of food from the endosperm.
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