scute

[ skyoot ]
/ skyut /
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noun Zoology.

a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
a large scale.

Nearby words

  1. scutari, lake,
  2. scutate,
  3. scutch,
  4. scutch grass,
  5. scutcheon,
  6. scutellate,
  7. scutellation,
  8. scutellum,
  9. scutiform,
  10. scutter

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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British Dictionary definitions for scutes

scute

/ (skjuːt) /

noun

zoology a horny or chitinous plate that makes up part of the exoskeleton in armadillos, turtles, fishes, etc

Word Origin for scute

C14 (the name of a French coin; C19 in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum shield

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Medicine definitions for scutes

scute

[ skyōōt ]

n.

A thin platelike structure.

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