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scutellum

(skyo͞o-tĕl′əm)
n. pl. scu·tella (-tĕl′ə)
Zoology A shield-shaped sclerite on the mesothorax of certain insects, posterior to the scutum.

scu·tel′lar (-tĕl′ər) adj.

scutellum

a plate-like projection from the back of a dorsal plate of the thorax in insects.