scute

[skyoot]
noun Zoology.
1.
a dermal bony plate, as on an armadillo, or a large horny plate, as on a turtle.
2.
a large scale.

Origin:
1350–1400 for earlier sense “French coin, écu”; 1840–50 for current senses; Middle English < Latin scūtum shield

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

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scute (skyōōt)
n.
A thin platelike structure.

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Hatchlings usually have one spot in each carapace scute but are occasionally spotless.
The scute centers are often yellowish which have grooved concentric rings.
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