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a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
a large scale.
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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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How to use scute in a sentence
Their body is compressed and not covered with ordinary scales, but with small juxtaposed scutes.
Variation and relative growth in the plastral scutes of the turtle Kinosternon integrum LeConte.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico|William E. Duellman
In the genus Birkenia the head and body are completely covered by tubercular scutes.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)|David Starr Jordan
The costal scutes join the marginal scutes on the marginal plates.A New Extinct Emydid Turtle from the Lower Pliocene of Oklahoma|Edwin C. Galbreath
The scutes of some extinct forms articulate with one another by a peg and socket arrangement as in some Ganoid fish.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for scute
/ (skjuːt) /
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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