scu·​tel·​late | \ skü-ˈte-lət How to pronounce scutellate (audio) , skyü-; ˈsk(y)ü-tə-ˌlāt \
variants: or scutellated \ ˈsk(y)ü-​tə-​ˌlā-​təd How to pronounce scutellated (audio) \

Definition of scutellate

: having or covered with scutella

Examples of scutellate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putting out feelers There is one intriguing clue as to why Elektorornis had such long toes: The amber-entombed foot preserves bits of the surrounding skin and feathers, including strands called scutellate scale filaments. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Ancient bird foot found in amber has bizarrely long toes," 11 July 2019

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Scutellate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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