- 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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Scutes: the chitinous shields or plates on the segments of larvae.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The scutes on the neck, six in number, are packed closely together, the four biggest forming a square.
Wear on the shell of a box turtle reduces the thickness of scutes, as does the shedding of scutes in the aquatic emyids mentioned.
This appearance of thickness is enhanced by the contours of bony shell which correspond to the contours of the scutes.
Retention of scutes protects the shell of terrestrial chelonians against wear.
- 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
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- A thin platelike structure.
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