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n. pl. scu·tel·la (-tĕl′ə)
1. Zoology A shield-shaped sclerite on the mesothorax of certain insects, posterior to the scutum.
2. Botany Any of several shield-shaped structures, such as the cotyledon of a grass.
[New Latin scūtellum, from Latin, diminutive of scūtum, shield; see scutum.]
scu·tel′lar (-tĕl′ər) adj.
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n, pl -la (-lə)
1. (Zoology) the last of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided
2. (Zoology) one of the scales on the tarsus of a bird's leg
3. (Botany) an outgrowth from a germinating grass seed that probably represents the cotyledon
4. (Biology) any other small shield-shaped part or structure
[C18: from New Latin: a little shield, from Latin scūtum a shield]
scutellate, scutellated adj
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n., pl. -tel•la (-ˈtɛl ə)
1. Bot. the shieldlike cotyledon of certain monocots.
2. Zool. a small plate, scale, or other shieldlike part, as on the thorax of insects or the feet of birds.
[1750–60; < New Latin, < Latin scūt(um) shield (see scute)]
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