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n. pl. scu·ta (-tə)
1. A scute.
2. A shield-shaped dorsal sclerite or plate of certain insects and arachnids.
n, pl -ta (-tə)
1. (Zoology) the middle of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided
2. (Zoology) another word for scute
3. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a large Roman shield
n, Latin genitive Scuti (ˈskjuːtaɪ)
(Astronomy) a small faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Sagittarius and Aquila and crossed by the Milky Way. Also called: Scutum Sobieskii
[Latin, literally: the Shield]
a bony or horny plate, as on an armadillo or turtle, or a large scale, as on the foot of a bird.
[1840–50; < Latin scūtum shield]
scu•tel•late (skyuˈtɛl ɪt, -eɪt, ˈskyut lˌeɪt) adj.