Definition of Scutum

1. n. An oblong shield made of boards or wickerwork covered with leather, with sometimes an iron rim; -- carried chiefly by the heavy-armed infantry.



Definition of Scutum

1. Proper noun. (constellation) A small autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a shield. It lies between the constellations of Aquila, Sagittarius, and the tail of Serpens. ¹

2. Noun. An oblong shield made of boards or wickerwork covered with leather, with sometimes an iron rim; – carried chiefly by the heavy-armed infantry of the Roman army. ¹

3. Noun. (zoology) A scute. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scutum

1. scute [n -TA] - See also: scute

Medical Definition of Scutum

1. Origin: L. 1. An oblong shield made of boards or wickerwork covered with leather, with sometimes an iron rim; carried chiefly by the heavy-armed infantry. 2. A penthouse or awning. 3. The second and largest of the four parts forming the upper surface of a thoracic segment of an insect. It is preceded by the prescutum and followed by the scutellum. See the Illust. Under Thorax. One of the two lower valves of the operculum of a barnacle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scutum

scuttered
scuttering
scutters
scutting
scuttle
scuttled
scuttler
scuttlers
scuttles
scuttling
scutular
scutulum
scutum (current term)
scutwork
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scuzz
scuzzball
scuzzbucket
scuzzbuckets
scuzzes
scuzzier
scuzziest
scuzzy
scybalous

Literary usage of Scutum

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1. A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia: With Figures of All the Species by Charles Darwin (1854)
"7 a, Balanus trigonus ; 7 b and 7 c, scutum, external views, two varieties ; 7 d, scutum, internal view ; 7 e and If, tergum, external views, two varieties. ..."

2. The Barnacles (Cirripedia) Contained in the Collections of the U.S. National by Henry Augustus Pilsbry (1907)
"scutum usually divided by an arcuate élit; cirri peculiar . ... Basal or peduncular margin of scutum making a right angle with the ..."

3. The Barnacles (Cirripedia) Contained in the Collections of the U.S. National by Henry Augustus Pilsbry (1907)
"Carina with wide sides, expanding laterally in the lower part or at the base; scutum biangular above, with a distinct ridge to tergo-carinal angle; ..."

4. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (1908)
"A peduncular area on each side defined by a semicircular ridge on the bases of scutum and carina; roof of the carina very wide; width of scutum about ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly (1895)
"Passing near to the region covered by map No. 13, we find the remaining portions of the constellations Sagittarius and scutum ..."

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