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scaly

[skey-lee] /ˈskeɪ li/
adjective, scalier, scaliest.
1.
covered with or abounding in scales or scale.
2.
characterized by or consisting of scales; scalelike.
3.
peeling or flaking off in scales.
4.
Slang. shabby; despicable.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; scale1 + -y1
Related forms
scaliness, noun
unscaly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scaliness

scaly

/ˈskeɪlɪ/
adjective scalier, scaliest
1.
resembling or covered in scales
2.
peeling off in scales
Derived Forms
scaliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for scaliness

scaly

adj.

also scaley, late 14c., from scale (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Scaliness.

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scaliness in Medicine

scaly scal·y (skā'lē)
adj.

  1. Covered or partially covered with scales.

  2. Shedding scales or flakes; flaking.

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