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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 is now estimated to be near the constellation Scutum about 14 billion kilometers from Earth.
Two fine star clusters, the Wild Duck Cluster in Scutum and the Hercules Globular Cluster are high in the sky.
Scutum Cloud "This shield-shaped mass of stars is one of the most interesting 'clouds' of the Milky Way.
Black, dusted whitish on pleurae and buff to whitish on scutum; scutum with 4 pronounced dark brownish vittae, lateral ones relatively broader and detached at the suture by coloration and dust of pleura; hairs on thorax weak, whitish, coarser on pleura and calli; legs predominantly black, sparsely dusted whitish, with tips of femora and adjoining ends of tibiae yellowish, with whitish, weak hairs, relatively longer and coarser on femora; wings clear with brown to dark brown veins, anal lobe well developed, wider than anal cell.
Scutum glossy, unsculptured, with 2 lateral pointed apophyses (Figs.
The pre-operative CT scans were reported to assess characteristic cholesteatoma findings, location and extension of soft tissues in middle ear, integrity of scutum, erosion of the ossicular chain, integrity of the thin bony septum of facial nerve canal, the semicircular canals and the tegmenextension of cholesteatoma outside the middle ear, integrity of mastoid air cells, trabeculae, as well as relationship and proximity of soft tissues with the tympanic membrane were assessed.
The specimen presented absence of a genital opening, triangular base of the capitulum, lanceolate hypostome and elongated scutum with unomamented rugose surface, and was thus identified and classified as a nymph of A.
2010): 1) as a hermaphrodite, attached directly to a host crab (mainly of the family Portunidae), or 2) as a dwarf male, attached to the scutum of a large hermaphrodite, and maturing as male at smaller sizes than the hermaphrodites.
2009), This species characterized by the wall surface smooth with six plates; Primary parietal tubes with transverse septa; exterior of shell with longitudinal purple striations, transverse teeth on sutural edge with denticles on lower region; basis calcareous and uni-tubiferous; inner surface of scutum with conspicuous adductor ridge.
7) At the time of birth, the ring is slightly sturdier and the posterior portion will fuse to the pointed end of the scutum.
However, her otalgia and otorrhea were unresolved after 5 days of treatment, at which point a temporal bone CT scan was performed, revealing destruction of the left external auditory canal at the inferior and posterior wall, as well as a blunted scutum (figure 2 A and B).