Pronunciation: (skyOO'tum), [key]
—pl. -taPronunciation: (-tu) [key] for 1, 2,
—gen. Scu•tiPronunciation: (skOO'tī) [key] for 3.
1. Zool.scute (def. 1).
2. a large, oblong shield used by the heavy legionaries of ancient Rome.
3. (cap.) Astron.the Shield, a southern constellation north of Sagittarius and east of Aquila, containing a small, very bright star cloud.
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