scutation

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scutate (ˈskjuːteɪt)
 
adj
1.  (of animals) having or covered with large bony or horny plates
2.  botany shaped like a round shield or buckler: a scutate leaf
 
[C19: from Latin scūtātus armed with a shield, from scūtum a shield]
 
scu'tation
 
n

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