adjective scu·tate \ˈskyüˌtāt\
variants: or



Definition of scutate

  1. 1 :  shaped like a buckler :  peltate

  2. 2 :  covered by bony or horny plates or large scales

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Origin and Etymology of scutate

scutate from New Latin scutatus, from Latin, armed with a shield, from scutum shield + -atus -ate; scutated from New Latin scutatus + English -ed

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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