scutum

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: Scutum

English[edit]

Wikipedia has an article on:

Wikipedia

Etymology[edit]

From Latin scūtum (shield).

Noun[edit]

scutum (plural scuta)

  1. (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.
  2. (zoology) A scute.
  3. (zoology) One of the two lower valves of the operculum of a barnacle.
  4. (obsolete) A penthouse or awning.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)

Latin[edit]

tria scūta (three scuta)

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *skei- (to cut, split), which is an extension of Proto-Indo-European *sek- (to cut). Related to Ancient Greek σκῦτος (skûtos).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

scūtum n (genitive scūtī); second declension

  1. a shield, especially the large oblong wooden shield carried by the Roman infantry
  2. (by metonymy) shield-bearing soldiers
  3. (figuratively) a defense, protection, shelter

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative scūtum scūta
genitive scūtī scūtōrum
dative scūtō scūtīs
accusative scūtum scūta
ablative scūtō scūtīs
vocative scūtum scūta

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]