scutellum

noun scu·tel·lum \ skü-ˈte-ləm , skyü- \

Definition of scutellum

plural scutella play \skü-ˈte-lə, skyü-\
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)

scutellar

play \skü-ˈte-lər, skyü-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of scutellum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin scutum shield


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