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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.

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


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]


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.
scu`tel•la′tion, n.
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Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) named the constellation Scutum Sobieski, "the Shield", in 1683 to celebrate King John Sobieski of Poland, who successfully defended his country against the Otoman Empire.
One of Hevelius's new constellations, Scutum Sobieski, or Sobieski's Shield, saluted Poland's John Sobieski, King John III, who resisted the Turkish advance into Europe.