from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Zoology Covered or protected by scutes.
  • adjective Botany Shaped like a shield.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In zoology:
  • Provided with scutes, shields, plates, or large scales; squamate; squamous; scaly; scutellate.
  • Resembling a scute or shield; broad and somewhat convex.
  • In botany, formed like an ancient round buckler: as, a scutate leaf. See cut under peltate
  • A tarsus in which a single joint is dilated so as to form a broad plate.
  • A tarsus covered with large flat scales, as in the genus Lepisma.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Buckler-shaped; round or nearly round.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) Protected or covered by bony or horny plates, or large scales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Shaped like a shield or buckler
  • adjective Of, pertaining to or covered with scutes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin scūtātus, shield-bearing, from scūtum, shield; see scutum.]


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  • Their scales, instead of being imbricated like those of land-snakes, form hexagons; and those on the belly, instead of being scutate and enlarged, are nearly of the same size and form as on other parts of the body.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon James Emerson Tennent 1836


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