|—n , pl -la|
|1.||the last of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided|
|2.||one of the scales on the tarsus of a bird's leg|
|3.||an outgrowth from a germinating grass seed that probably represents the cotyledon|
|4.||any other small shield-shaped part or structure|
|[C18: from New Latin: a little shield, from Latin scūtum a shield]|
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