scutellum

noun
scu·​tel·​lum | \ skü-ˈte-ləm How to pronounce scutellum (audio) , skyü- \
plural scutella\ skü-​ˈte-​lə How to pronounce scutella (audio) , skyü-​ \

Definition of scutellum

1 : a hard plate or scale (as on the thorax of an insect or the tarsus of a bird)
2 : the shield-shaped cotyledon of a monocotyledon (such as a grass)

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Other Words from scutellum

scutellar \ skü-​ˈte-​lər How to pronounce scutellar (audio) , skyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of scutellum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shield Bugs Found globally, these insects are named for their outsized scutellum, from the Latin word scutum, meaning shield. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of scutellum

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scutellum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin scutum shield

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“Scutellum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scutellum. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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