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A keratinous, chitinous, or bony external plate, as on the shell of a turtle or the underside of a snake.
[From Latin scūtum, shield; see scutum.]
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(Zoology) zoology a horny or chitinous plate that makes up part of the exoskeleton in armadillos, turtles, fishes, etc
[C14 (the name of a French coin; C19 in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum 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.
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|Noun||1.||scute - large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake|
protective covering - the tough natural covering of some organisms
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