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[skyoot] /skyut/
noun, Zoology
a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
a large scale.
Origin of scute
1350-1400 for earlier sense “French coin, écu”; 1840-50 for current senses; Middle English < Latin scūtum shield Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scute
  • Hatchlings usually have one spot in each carapace scute but are occasionally spotless.
  • The scute centers are often yellowish which have grooved concentric rings.
British Dictionary definitions for scute


(zoology) a horny or chitinous plate that makes up part of the exoskeleton in armadillos, turtles, fishes, etc
Word Origin
C14 (the name of a French coin; C19 in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum shield
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scute in Medicine

scute (skyōōt)
A thin platelike structure.

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