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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.]
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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]
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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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References in classic literature ?
Thus, one still reads in France, above the wicket of the prison in the seignorial mansion of Tourville, Sileto et spera ; in Ireland, beneath the armorial bearings which surmount the grand door to Fortescue Castle, Forte scutum, salus ducum ; in England, over the principal entrance to the hospitable mansion of the Earls Cowper: Tuum est .
A devout Catholic, Offemaria provides orthodox works such as 'Scutum Fidei - Shield of the Trinity,' showing the Holy Trinity as the Sign of the Cross and the genesis of prayer.
The celestial object, which got its name from the "V" formation of its brightest stars, is located in the southern constellation of Scutum (The Shield) and is estimated to have formed about 220 million years ago.
Scutum with posterolateral lamella present anteriorly, adjoining tegula (Fig.
Ptecticus australis group: Upper frons, median occipital sclerites and vertex black; wings hyaline with darkened apex; scutum uniformly yellow, sometimes with a metallic shine, rarely black and metallic blue; vein R2+3 nearly twice as long as Rs, parallel to R1 and radial triangle (r2+3) thus virtually replaced by long and narrow, distally opened cell, cross vein M-Cu usually indistinct; M3 straight, parallel to M2 and postcubitus (CuP) unpigmented, hyaline, often indistinct.
In contrast, the term auto-atticotomy or nature's atticotomy, which is less extensive and destructive than automastoidectomy, is used to describe a smaller defect where only the scutum and lower lateral attic wall are affected [1, 16].
We see the Scutum Star Cloud not because it's intruding into our view against a dark background, but because chance has pulled back the curtain of dust to give us a glimpse of the glories beyond.
This system was followed by Mello-Leitao (1932: 167) and Soares & Soares (1954), who were responsible for the most recent published diagnosis of Discocyrtus, where data such as the pattern of armature in the dorsal scutum and the number of tarsomeres ignored a whole range of characteristics that may have phylogenetic value.
In a retrospective chart review, we evaluated the surgical and hearing results of a single-stage procedure consisting of a canal-wall-up attico-mastoidectomy, mastoid cavity obliteration, scutum plasty, and ossiculoplasty.
The left middle ear ossicles and scutum are intact.