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1. A small shield.

2. An old french gold coin of the value of 3s. 4d. Sterling, or about 80 cents.

3. (Science: zoology) A bony scale of a reptile or fish; a large horny scale on the leg of a bird, or on the belly of a snake.

Origin: L. Scutum a shield, a buckler. See Scudo.