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1. Zoology Covered or protected by scutes.
2. Botany Shaped like a shield: scutate leaves.
[Latin scūtātus, shield-bearing, from scūtum, shield; see scutum.]
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1. (Zoology) (of animals) having or covered with large bony or horny plates
2. (Botany) botany shaped like a round shield or buckler: a scutate leaf.
[C19: from Latin scūtātus armed with a shield, from scūtum a shield]
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