Main definitions of scutum in English

: scutum1Scutum2

scutum1

noun

Zoology
  • 1

    another term for scute
    1. 1.1Entomology The second dorsal sclerite in each thoracic segment of an insect.
      • ‘Twelve wasps not preserved in 1969 and 1970 were hand-netted and marked on their scutum with different colored, non-toxic paints using a tiny brush from which most of the bristles had been removed.’
      • ‘B expression is activated by Wg in the scutum whereas B represses Wg expression in the most anterior part of the notum.’
      • ‘Throughout the adult body, supernumerary bristles are present only on the scutum and on the scutellum.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘oblong shield’.

Pronunciation

scutum

/ˈsk(y)o͞odəm//ˈsk(j)udəm/

Main definitions of scutum in English

: scutum1Scutum2

Scutum2

proper noun

Astronomy
  • 1A small constellation (the Shield) near the celestial equator, lying in the Milky Way between Aquila and Serpens.

    1. 1.1as genitive Scuti /ˈsk(y)o͞otē, -ˌtī/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Scutum.
      ‘the star Beta Scuti’

Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation

Scutum

/ˈsk(y)o͞odəm/