Pronunciation: (skyOO-tel'um), [key]
—pl. -tel•laPronunciation: (-tel'u). [key]
1. Bot.the shieldlike cotyledon of certain monocots.
2. Zool.a small plate, scutum, or other shieldlike part, as on the thorax of insects or the feet of birds.
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