- (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.
Etymology: Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687; from scutumLatin, scÅtum, a kind of "shield". The original name given was Scutum Sobiescianum (Sobieski's Shield) in commemoration of the victory of the European forces led by the Polish king Jan III Sobieski at the battle of Vienna.
- French: í‰cu de Sobieski
- German: Schild
- Spanish: Scutum
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noun (wikipedia, Scutum (shield))
Etymology: From scutumLatin, scÅtum, shield
- 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.
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