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.

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