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[skyoo-tuh m]
noun, plural scu·ta [skyoo-tuh] /ˈskyu tə/ for 1, 2.
  1. Zoology. scute(def 1).
  2. a large, oblong shield used by the heavy legionaries of ancient Rome.
  3. genitive Scu·ti [skoo-tahy] /ˈsku taɪ/. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Shield, a southern constellation north of Sagittarius and east of Aquila, containing a small, very bright star cloud.
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Origin of scutum

First recorded in 1765–75, scutum is from the Latin word scūtum shield
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Examples from the Web for scutum

Historical Examples of scutum

  • Scutum: the second dorsal sclerite of the meso- and meta-thorax.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • The Roman scutum was of wood covered with linen and sheepskin.

    The Evolution of Culture

    Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers

  • If we imagine the scutum and tergum in the third sub-variety of var.

  • Took out my ring of brass, and put it on the index-finger of my right hand, with the scutum Davidis traced thereon.

  • Among the several constellations one notes certain modern names such as “Scutum Subiescianum.”

British Dictionary definitions for scutum


noun plural -ta (-tə)
  1. the middle of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided
  2. another word for scute
  3. a large Roman shield
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Word Origin for scutum

Latin: shield


noun Latin genitive Scuti (ˈskjuːtaɪ)
  1. a small faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Sagittarius and Aquila and crossed by the Milky WayAlso called: Scutum Sobieskii (sɒˈbjɛskɪ)
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Word Origin for Scutum

Latin, literally: the Shield
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