scu·​tum | \ ˈskü-təm How to pronounce scutum (audio) , ˈskyü- \
plural scuta\ ˈskü-​tə How to pronounce scutum (audio) , ˈskyü-​ \

Definition of scutum

: 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, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of scutum

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scutum

New Latin, from Latin, shield — more at esquire

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“Scutum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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