scu·​tel·​lum skü-ˈte-ləm How to pronounce scutellum (audio)
plural scutella skü-ˈte-lə How to pronounce scutellum (audio)
: a hard plate or scale (as on the thorax of an insect or the tarsus of a bird)
: the shield-shaped cotyledon of a monocotyledon (such as a grass)
scutellar 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, 23 June 2018

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Word History


New Latin, diminutive of Latin scutum shield

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scutellum was in 1819

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“Scutellum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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