scutum

scutum

[skyoo-tuhm]
noun, plural scuta [skyoo-tuh] , for 1, 2.
1.
Zoology, scute ( def 1 ).
2.
a large, oblong shield used by the heavy legionaries of ancient Rome.
3.
genitive Scuti [skoo-tahy] . (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Shield, a southern constellation north of Sagittarius and east of Aquila, containing a small, very bright star cloud.

Origin:
1765–75; < Latin scūtum shield

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scutum (ˈskjuːtəm)
 
n , pl -ta
1.  the middle of three plates into which the notum of an insect's thorax is divided
2.  another word for scute
3.  a large Roman shield
 
[Latin: shield]

Scutum (ˈskjuːtəm)
 
n , Latin genitive Scuti
Also called: Scutum Sobieskii a small faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Sagittarius and Aquila and crossed by the Milky Way
 
[Latin, literally: the Shield]

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