noun, plural scu·tel·la [skyoo-teluh] /skyuˈtɛl ə/.

  1. Botany. the shieldlike cotyledon of certain monocots.
  2. Zoology. a small plate, scutum, or other shieldlike part, as on the thorax of insects or the feet of birds.

noun plural -la (-lə) biology

  1. the last of three plates into which the notum of an insect’s thorax is divided
  2. one of the scales on the tarsus of a bird’s leg
  3. an outgrowth from a germinating grass seed that probably represents the cotyledon
  4. any other small shield-shaped part or structure

Plural scutella

  1. A shieldlike bony plate or scale, as on the thorax of some insects.
  2. The large, shield-shaped cotyledon of the embryo of a grass plant, specialized for the absorption of food from the endosperm.

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