scaly

[skey-lee]
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:
1520–30; scale1 + -y1

scaliness, noun
unscaly, adjective
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scaly (ˈskeɪlɪ)
 
adj , scalier, scaliest
1.  resembling or covered in scales
2.  peeling off in scales
 
'scaliness
 
n

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scaly scal·y (skā'lē)
adj.

  1. Covered or partially covered with scales.

  2. Shedding scales or flakes; flaking.

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Example sentences
The main symptom is a growing bump that may have a rough, scaly surface and
  flat reddish patches.
The tracery of burst capillaries shines faintly through the scaly scarlet
  patches that cover the bloated, mottled cheeks.
The carving of the two scaly dragons on the seal is regarded by some as not
  being of the finest quality.
They knew that the dragon's scaly skin-as scaly as chain mail-was rife with
  bacteria too.
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