Scu*tel"lum (?), n.; pl. Scutella (#). [NL., neut. dim. of L. scutum a shield.]

1. Bot.

A rounded apothecium having an elevated rim formed of the proper thallus, the fructification of certain lichens.

2. Zool. (a)

The third of the four pieces forming the upper part of a thoracic segment of an insect. It follows the scutum, and is followed by the small postscutellum; a scutella. See Thorax.

(b)

One of the transverse scales on the tarsi and toes of birds; a scutella.

 

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