noun, plural scu·ta [skyoo-tuh] /ˈskyu tə/ for 1, 2.

  1. Zoology. scute(def 1).
  2. a large, oblong shield used by the heavy legionaries of ancient Rome.
  3. genitive Scu·ti [skoo-tahy] /ˈsku taɪ/. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Shield, a southern constellation north of Sagittarius and east of Aquila, containing a small, very bright star cloud.

noun plural -ta (-tə)

  1. the middle of three plates into which the notum of an insect’s thorax is divided
  2. another word for scute
  3. a large Roman shield

noun Latin genitive Scuti (ˈskjuːtaɪ)

  1. a small faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Sagittarius and Aquila and crossed by the Milky WayAlso called: Scutum Sobieskii (sɒˈbjɛskɪ)

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