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See also Scutum
From Latin scūtum (“shield”).
scutum (plural scuta)
- (historical, Roman antiquity) An oblong shield made of boards or wickerwork covered with leather, with sometimes an iron rim; carried chiefly by the heavy-armed infantry of the Roman army.
- (zoology) A scute.
- (zoology) One of the two lower valves of the operculum of a barnacle.
- (obsolete) A penthouse or awning.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)
- a shield, especially the large oblong wooden shield carried by the Roman infantry
- (by metonymy) shield-bearing soldiers
- (figuratively) a defense, protection, shelter