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scutellum

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noun scu·tel·lum \skü-ˈte-ləm, skyü-\

Definition of scutellum

plural

scutella

play \-lə\
  1. 1 :  a hard plate or scale (as on the thorax of an insect or the tarsus of a bird)

  2. 2 :  the shield-shaped cotyledon of a monocotyledon (as a grass)

scutellar

play \-lər\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of scutellum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin scutum shield


First Known Use: 1819


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