scute

noun
\ˈsküt, ˈskyüt\

Definition of scute 

: an external bony or horny plate or large scale

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In lieu of scales, bony plates called scutes cover the sturgeon’s cartilaginous bodies. Julia Kramer, Bon Appetit, "Spears, Beers, and Caviar: Fishing for Sturgeon in Wisconsin," 6 Feb. 2017 In lieu of scales, bony plates called scutes cover the sturgeon’s cartilaginous bodies. Julia Kramer, Bon Appetit, "Spears, Beers, and Caviar: Fishing for Sturgeon in Wisconsin," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of scute

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scute

New Latin scutum, from Latin, shield — more at esquire

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The first known use of scute was in 1848

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