Scutum vs Scutellum - What's the difference?

scutum | scutellum |

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 a noun scutellum is

any of several shield-shaped structures in insects, grasses etc.




  • (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)




  • Any of several shield-shaped structures in insects, grasses etc
  • # (lichenology) A rounded apothecium having an elevated rim formed of the proper thallus, the fructification of certain lichens.
  • # (zoology) 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.
  • # (zoology) One of the transverse scales on the tarsi and toes of birds.