- Zoology. scute(def 1).
- a large, oblong shield used by the heavy legionaries of ancient Rome.
- 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.
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
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.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2)
Took out my ring of brass, and put it on the index-finger of my right hand, with the scutum Davidis traced thereon.Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall
Robert S. Hawker
Among the several constellations one notes certain modern names such as “Scutum Subiescianum.”Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II
Edward Luther Stevenson
- the middle of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided
- another word for scute
- a large Roman shield
- a small faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Sagittarius and Aquila and crossed by the Milky WayAlso called: Scutum Sobieskii (sɒˈbjɛskɪ)
Latin, literally: the Shield
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