scutellum

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Borrowed from New Latin scutellum, diminutive of Latin scutum (shield).

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scutellum (plural scutella)

  1. Any of several shield-shaped structures in insects, grasses etc
    1. (lichenology) A rounded apothecium having an elevated rim formed of the proper thallus, the fructification of certain lichens.
    2. (zoology) The third of the four pieces forming the upper part of a thoracic segment of an insect. It follows the scutum, and is followed by the small postscutellum.
    3. (zoology) One of the transverse scales on the tarsi and toes of birds.

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