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

Other Words from scutellum

scutellar \ skü-​ˈte-​lər How to pronounce scutellum (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, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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