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Meaning of SCUTUM

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Scu"tum\, n.; pl. {Scuta}. [L.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) An oblong shield made of boards or
   wickerwork covered with leather, with sometimes an iron
   rim; -- carried chiefly by the heavy-armed infantry.

2. (O. Eng. Law) A penthouse or awning. [Obs.] --Burrill.

3. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) 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}.
   (b) One of the two lower valves of the operculum of a
       barnacle.

 

 

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