Definition of scute in English:

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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.
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.

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Syllabification: scute

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