scutum

(redirected from Scutum (constellation))
Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to Scutum (constellation): Serpens constellation, Serpens Cauda

scu·tum

 (skyo͞o′təm)
n. pl. scu·ta (-tə)
1. A scute.
2. A shield-shaped dorsal sclerite or plate of certain insects and arachnids.

[Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

scutum

(ˈskjuːtəm)
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
[Latin: shield]

Scutum

(ˈskjuːtəm)
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]

scute

(skyut)

n.
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.
scu`tel•la′tion, n.
Translations