noun, plural scutella [skyoo-tel-uh] .
Botany. the shieldlike cotyledon of certain monocots.
Zoology. a small plate, scutum, or other shieldlike part, as on the thorax of insects or the feet of birds.

1750–60; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin scūt(um) shield (see scute) + -ellum diminutive suffix Unabridged
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scutellum (skjuːˈtɛləm)
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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scutellum   (sky-těl'əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural scutella
  1. A shieldlike bony plate or scale, as on the thorax of some insects.

  2. The large, shield-shaped cotyledon of the embryo of a grass plant, specialized for the absorption of food from the endosperm.

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