Scutum vs Scutal - What's the difference?

scutum | scutal |

As a proper noun scutum

is (constellation) a small autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a shield it lies between the constellations of aquila, sagittarius, and the tail of serpens.

As an adjective scutal is

of or relating to a shield.




  • (historical, Roman antiquity) An oblong shield made of boards or wickerwork covered with leather, with sometimes an iron rim; carried chiefly by the heavy-armed infantry of the Roman army.
  • (zoology) A scute.
  • (zoology) One of the two lower valves of the operculum of a barnacle.
  • (obsolete) A penthouse or awning.
  • (Burrill)




  • Of or relating to a shield.
  • * Cussans
  • A good example of these scutal monstrosities.
  • (biology) Of or relating to a scutum.
  • Derived terms

    * pseudoscutal