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scute

Definition:

a large bony or horny plate, as on an armadillo, turtle, or the underside of a snake

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

scutes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

carapace

Synonyms:

scutum

Etymology:

(the name of a French coin; 19th century in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Scute | scutum

a bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle, the skin of crocodilians, the feet of some birds or the anterior portion of the mesonotum in insects. Scutes are similar to scales and serve the same function. Unlike the scales of lizards... (46 of 398 words, 2 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

scute [zoology]

a horny or chitinous plate that makes up part of the exoskeleton in armadillos, turtles, fishes, etc (17 of 196 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scute

Wiktionary:

scute | scutes [plural] | scutum [synonym, sense-specific]

[zoology] A horny, chitinous, or bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle or the skin of crocodiles. | [genetics] A proneural gene, often associated with achaete, that is required for the formation of many larval and adult sense organs... (43 of 63 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Oxford Dictionary:

scute [zoology]

a thickened horny or bony plate on a turtle's shell or on the back of a crocodile, stegosaurus, etc (19 of 46 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scute

scute

Syllabification: (scute) | [zoology] | a thickened horny or bony plate on a turtle's shell or on the back of a crocodile, stegosaurus, etc.. (22 of 45 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/scute

American Heritage Dictionary:

scute | scutum | scuta [plural]

A horny, chitinous, or bony external plate or scale, as on the shell of a turtle or the underside of a snake. (22 of 36 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

scute

an external bony or horny plate or large scale (9 of 30 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

scute [zoology]

a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle. | a large scale. (20 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/scute

New World Dictionary:

scute

any external bony or horny plate, as on some fishes and many reptiles | any scalelike structure (16 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

scute | scutes [plural]

an external bony or horny plate or scale in some animals, especially snakes and other reptiles (16 of 36 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709970​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

scute [zoology]

First use: 14th century

Origin: (the name of a French coin; 19th century in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum shield

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scute

scutum | scuta [plural] | Scutum

Origin: Latin: shield | Latin, literally: the Shield

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Oxford Dictionary:

scute [zoology]

Origin: Middle English (denoting a coin): from Latin "scutum"

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scute

Origin: Latin scutum; see "scutum"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/scute

scutum | scuta [plural]

First use: late 18th century

Origin: Latin, literally "oblong shield"

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Scutum | Scuti

Origin: Latin

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Merriam-Webster:

scute

First use: 1848

Origin: New Latin scutum, from Latin, shield

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scutum | scuta [plural]

First use: 1771

Origin: New Latin, from Latin, shield

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American Heritage Dictionary:

scute

Origin: From Latin scūtum, shield; see "scutum".

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scutum | scuta [plural]

Origin: Latin scūtum, shield; see skei- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

scute

Origin: Latin scutum, a shield: see "scutum"

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scutum | scuta [plural]

Origin: Latin, probably from Indo-European base *skeut-, to cover, skin from "hide", Latin cutis, skin, Greek skutos, hide, leather

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Wiktionary:

scute | scutes [plural]

Origin: Latin scutum ("shield")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scute

scutum | scuta [plural]

Origin: Latin scūtum ("shield").

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Encarta Dictionary:

scute | scutes [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin scutum "shield"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709970​/definition​.html  [offline]

scutum | scuta [plural]

First use: Late 18th century

Origin: Latin, "shield"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710001​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

scute [zoology]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "scute"

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scutum | scuta [plural] | Scutum

Audio: British English pronunciation of "scutum"

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the Free Dictionary:

scute

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scute"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scute"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "scute" by speech synthesizer

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scutum

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scutum"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scutum"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "scutum" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

scute | scutes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scute"

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scutum | scuta [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scutum"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scute

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scute"

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scutum

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scutum"

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YourDictionary Audio:

scute

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scute" by speech synthesizer

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scutum

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scutum" by speech synthesizer

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