scu·​tum ˈskü-təm How to pronounce scutum (audio)
plural scuta ˈskü-tə How to pronounce scutum (audio)
: a bony, horny, or chitinous plate : scute

Examples of scutum 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, from Latin, shield — more at esquire

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scutum was in 1771

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“Scutum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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