Meaning of scutellation

scu•tel•la•tion

Pronunciation: (skyt"l-ā'shun), [key]
— n. Zool.
  1. a scutellate state or formation; a scaly covering, as on a bird's foot.
  2. an arrangement of scutella or scales.
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