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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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It rotates about its own axis roughly seven times per second and its position in the sky is towards the Scutum constellation. After the discovery we were very surprised that the pulsar was initially only visible until September 2009.