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Noun: scutellum (scutella)  skoo'te-lum
  1. (botany) a rounded apothecium having an elevated rim formed of the proper thallus
  2. (zoology) the third of the four pieces forming the upper part of a thoracic segment of an insect
  3. One of the transverse scales on the tarsi and toes of birds

Derived forms: scutella

Encyclopedia: Scutellum