scute

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scute large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scute (Zoöl) A bony scale of a reptile or fish; a large horny scale on the leg of a bird, or on the belly of a snake.
    • Scute A small shield.
    • Scute An old French gold coin of the value of 3s. 4d. sterling, or about 80 cents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scute A shield or buckler; also, a heraldic shield; an escutcheon.
    • n scute An old French gold coin, of the value of 3s. 4d. sterling, or 80 cents.
    • n scute In zoology, a scutum or scutellum, in any sense; a squama; a large scale; a shield, plate, or buckler: as, the dermal scutes of a ganoid fish, a turtle, an armadillo, a scaly ant-eater, etc. See cuts under carapace and Acipenser.
    • n scute An obsolete form of scout.
    • n scute In anatomy, a semilunar plate of bone forming the outer portion of the roof of the tympanum of the ear. Also called scutum tympanicum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scute skūt a shield:
    • n Scute skūt (zool.) a large scale, a plate, as the dermal scutes of a ganoid fish, a turtle, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scutum, a shield, a buckler. See Scudo
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escut—L. scutum, a shield.

Usage

In literature:

Post-terga: applied to the posterior scutes of the segments of Coleopterous larvae.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Sometimes these scales assumed the importance of scutes and formed a carapace, as in the "batrachian armadillo" discovered by E.D.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
Their body is compressed and not covered with ordinary scales, but with small juxtaposed scutes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
Wear on the shell of a box turtle reduces the thickness of scutes, as does the shedding of scutes in the aquatic emyids mentioned.
"Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz" by John M. Legler
It has the same terminal tube of osseous scutes upon the tail.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
The metatarsus is covered with large, partly fused scutes.
"Trees. A Woodland Notebook" by Herbert Maxwell
The metatarsus is covered with large, partly fused scutes.
"Extinct Birds" by Walter Rothschild
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In news:

"It was a great year," said Jeff McClary, co-founder of SCUTE.
The 44-page book, "Scute's Ocean Adventure," revolves around the center's mascot, Scute the Sea Turtle .
The 44-page book, "Scute's Ocean Adventure," revolves around the center's mascot, Scute the Sea Turtle.
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