Definition of scute in English:

scute

Syllabification: scute
Pronunciation: /sk(y)o͞ot
 
/

noun

Zoology
A thickened horny or bony plate on a turtle’s shell or on the back of a crocodile, stegosaurus, etc.
More example sentences
  • Our recapture data indicated that Texas tortoises accumulate 1 annulus/yr and the scute annuli technique is a useful indicator of age in this population.
  • The higher estimate was based on growth curves from scute rings, which may have underestimated carapace growth, and a minimum size of females with eggs of 155 mm.

Origin

from Latin scutum; see scutum.

More definitions of scute

Definition of scute in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grammarian
Pronunciation: grəˈmɛːrɪən
noun
a person who studies and writes about grammar