scutellate[skyo̵̅o̅t′'l āt′, -it; skyo̵̅o̅ tel′it]
covered or protected with scutella, or small scales or plates
Origin of scutellateModern Latin scutellatus ; from scutellum: see scutellum
Biol. shaped like a shield or platter; round and nearly flat
Origin of scutellateModern Latin scutellatus (see scutellate), mistaken for Classical Latin scutulatus ; from scutulum, diminutive of scutum, a shield: see scutum
- Zoology Covered with overlapping bony plates or scales: scutellate feet.
- Biology Shaped like a shield or platter.
(comparative more scutellate, superlative most scutellate)