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An arrangement or a covering of scales, as that on a bird's leg or a lizard's body.
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1. (Zoology) the way in which scales or plates are arranged in an animal
2. (Zoology) a covering of scales or scutella, as on a bird's leg
[C19: New Latin, from scutella, plural of scutellum + -ation]
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