noun Etymology: New Latin scutum, from Latin, shield — more at esquire Date: 1848 an external bony or horny plate or large scale

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  • Scute — Scute, n. [L. scutum a shield, a buckler. See {Scudo}.] 1. A small shield. [Obs.] Skelton. [1913 Webster] 2. An old French gold coin of the value of 3s. 4d. sterling, or about 80 cents. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) A bony scale of a reptile or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scute — [skyo͞ot] n. [L scutum, a shield: see SCUTUM] Zool. 1. any external bony or horny plate, as on some fishes and many reptiles 2. any scalelike structure …   English World dictionary

  • Scute — A scute or scutum (Latin scutum , plural: scuta shield ) is a horny, chitinous, or bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle, the skin of crocodiles, or the feet of some birds. They are similar to scales, but unlike the scales of… …   Wikipedia

  • Scute — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le scute est un type de voilier ancien à fond plat ; Le scute (pour « carapace ») est un des gènes de la drosophile ; Le scute est en… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • scute — an external shield like plate or scale, usually with a keel or spiny point e.g. bony plates along the body of Acipenseridae, sharp edged midventral scales of Clupeidae …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • scute — n. [L. scutum, shield] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) An external scale …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • scute — /skyooht/, n. Zool. 1. a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle. 2. a large scale. [1350 1400 for earlier sense French coin, ÉCU ; 1840 50 for current senses; ME < L scutum shield] * * * …   Universalium

  • scute — noun a) A horny, chitinous, or bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle or the skin of crocodiles. b) A proneural gene, often associated with achaete, that is required for the formation of many larval and adult sense organs Syn:… …   Wiktionary

  • scute — A thin lamina or plate. SYN: scutum (1). [L. scutum, shield] tympanic s. the thin bony plate separating the epitympanic recess from the mastoid cells. * * * (skūt) [L. scutum shield] 1. any squama or scalelike structure. 2. tympanic s …   Medical dictionary

  • scute — cuscute discute rediscute …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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