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Large, oblong shield used by the heavy legionaries of ancient Rome; (Astronomy)The shield, a southern constellation north of sagittarius and east of Aquila, containing a small, very bright star cloud.

Usage examples (10)
  • His men were armed with round shields and long spears, the Romans had the large shield called the scutum, a better protection for the body, and the javelin, a much more...
  • It is called scutum fidei, ‘the shield of faith.’
  • Parapsides: lateral pieces of the meso-scutum, separated from the mesal portion by the parapsidal furrows.
  • Just as the scutum of the Roman legionnaire was seen by his barbarian opponent as a weapon that enabled him to stab with impunity, so today SDI could be seen as a shield... for more
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