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1. a shield or something shaped like a shield.
2. the shieldlike pattern of distribution of the pubic hair.
Pattern of distribution of pubic hair.
[M.E., fr. Norman Fr. esochon, fr. L.L., scutio, fr. L. scutum, shield]
escutcheon/es·cutch·eon/ (es-kuch´un) the pattern of distribution of the pubic hair.
Etymology: L, scutum, shield
the pattern of distribution of coarse, adult pubic hair, rhomboid in the male and triangular in the female.
The normal female escutcheon is a triangle pointing downward, sharply cut off at the level of the pubic symphysis; the male escutcheon is diamond-shaped with both downward and upward angles; a male pattern in a woman may indicate pathological excess of androgen, or be a familial trait without significance
the shield-like pattern of distribution of the haircoat in the area below the vulva, down to the top of the udder, in the cow. The escutcheon itself is composed of hairs which lie vertically downwards; its edges consist of a well-demarcated ridge created when this vertically inclined hair meets the horizontally inclined hair of the lateral aspect of the thigh. Wishful-thinking herdsmen used to read predictions of milking capacity into the shape of the escutcheon of a dairy cow.