[ skyoo-tel-uh m ]
/ skyuˈtɛl əm /

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.

Origin of scutellum

1750–60; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin scūt(um) shield (see scute) + -ellum diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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


[ 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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