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scutum 1

Line breaks: scu¦tum
Pronunciation: /ˈskjuːtəm/

noun (plural scuta ˈskjuːtə)

1 Zoology another term for scute.
1.1 Entomology The second dorsal sclerite in each thoracic segment of an insect.
Example sentences
  • Twelve wasps not preserved in 1969 and 1970 were hand-netted and marked on their scutum with different colored, non-toxic paints using a tiny brush from which most of the bristles had been removed.
  • Throughout the adult body, supernumerary bristles are present only on the scutum and on the scutellum.
  • B expression is activated by Wg in the scutum whereas B represses Wg expression in the most anterior part of the notum.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin, literally 'oblong shield'.

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Scutum 2 Line breaks: Scu¦tum
Pronunciation: /ˈskjuːtəm/
Astronomy
A small constellation near the celestial equator (the Shield), lying in the Milky Way between Aquila and Serpens.

Origin

Latin.

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