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scutellation

[skyoot-l-ey-shuh n] /ˌskyut lˈeɪ ʃən/
noun, Zoology
1.
a scutellate state or formation; a scaly covering, as on a bird's foot.
2.
an arrangement of scutella or scales.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; scutell(um) + -ation
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  • Color pattern and scutellation are variable across the snake's range, but are relatively uniform at any locality.
British Dictionary definitions for scutellation

scutellation

/ˌskjuːtɪˈleɪʃən/
noun (zoology)
1.
the way in which scales or plates are arranged in an animal
2.
a covering of scales or scutella, as on a bird's leg
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from scutella, plural of scutellum + -ation
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