- any external bony or horny plate, as on some fishes and many reptiles
- any scalelike structure
Origin of scuteClassical Latin scutum, a shield: see scutum
A keratinous, chitinous, or bony external plate, as on the shell of a turtle or the underside of a snake.
Origin of scuteFrom Latin sc&umacron;tum, shield; see scutum.