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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 of scaly
1520-1530
1520-30; scale1 + -y1
Related forms
scaliness, noun
unscaly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for scaly
Historical Examples
  • Then he went to Chartres, and examined its scaly spires and quaint carving then he idled about Coutances.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • The Armed-Fish has its name from its arms, and its scaly mail.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • With that he clutched the poor weeping Princess in his scaly arms and carried her back to the castle.

    The Laughing Prince Parker Fillmore
  • The stem is inclined to be scaly, thickened at the base, solid.

  • Slith agreed by pounding vigorously on the table with his scaly rump.

  • Large tree with orange-yellow winter buds, and firm, not scaly, bark.

  • Though the outlaws carried on a constant guerilla warfare with the scaly Ones, it was all on a small scale.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • The scaly flesh of his head and face was dissolving like melting butter.

    Zehru of Xollar Hal K. Wells
  • He grasped the fish and tore it, pushing frantically at his own body with the now-rancid, scaly, odorous mass.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • O insatiate brute, and most disgusting, brazen, and scaly reptile!

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for scaly

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 scaly
adj.

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

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scaly in Medicine

scaly scal·y (skā'lē)
adj.

  1. Covered or partially covered with scales.

  2. Shedding scales or flakes; flaking.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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