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scaly

adjective

  1. (biology)  rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
    Synonyms: lepidote, leprose, scabrous, scurfy. Topic: biology. Similar to: rough
  2. (zoology)  having the body covered or partially covered with thin horny plates, as some fish and reptiles
    Synonyms: scaled, scaley. Topic: zoology. Similar to: armored

Etymology summary

Old French escale from Germanic, "husk"
(Source: Encarta Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

scaly | scaliness [noun, derived]

resembling or covered in scales | peeling off in scales (9 of 451 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scaly

Merriam-Webster:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative] | despicable [synonym, sense-specific] | flaky [synonym, sense-specific] | poor [synonym, sense-specific] | scaled [synonym, sense-specific] | squamous [synonym, sense-specific] | scaleless [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

covered with, composed of, or rich in scale or scales ; "flaky" | of or relating to scaly animals | "despicable", "poor" | infested with scale insects (24 of 93 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scaly

Wikipedia:

Scaly [disambiguation]

may refer to: something with the appearance of a scale | Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus), a bird species found in woodland in eastern Australia | Scale (disambiguation) (25 of 77 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Scaly

Wiktionary:

scaly | lepido- [uncommon] | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative] | Labeobarbus natalensis [species, sense-specific] | Mean [synonym, sense-specific] | low [synonym, sense-specific]

Covered or abounding with scales; as, a scaly fish. | Resembling scales, laminae, or layers. | [outdated, vulgar or South Africa] Mean; low. | Composed of scales lying over each other; as, a scaly bulb; covered with scales; as, a scaly stem. | [South ... (40 of 51 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scaly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative]

a scaly animal has skin like that of a fish or a snake | scaly skin is so dry that small pieces of it fall off (25 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scaly

Oxford Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative] | scaliness [derived]

covered in scales | (of skin) dry and flaking (8 of 47 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scaly

Cambridge Dictionary:

scaly [entry 1] | scaliness [noun, derived]

If skin is scaly, it has small hard dry areas which fall off in small pieces (16 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scaly 1

scaly [entry 2] | scaliness [noun, derived]

If the inside of a pipe or container that heats water is scaly, it's covered in a hard white or grey layer of material. (24 of 36 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scaly 2

Random House Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative]

covered with or abounding in scales or scale. | characterized by or consisting of scales; scalelike. | peeling or flaking off in scales. | [slang] ... (22 of 34 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/scaly

New World Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative]

having, covered with, composed of, or resembling a scale or scales | shedding or yielding scales or flakes | full of or infested with scale insects (24 of 28 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scaly

American Heritage Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative] | scaliness [noun, related]

Covered or partially covered with scales. | Shedding scales or flakes; flaking. (11 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scaly

Encarta Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative]

covered in scales or flakes (5 of 24 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727085​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Encarta Dictionary:

scaly [entry 3] | scales [plural] | scaled [past tense] | scaling [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French escale from Germanic, "husk"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727085​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

scaly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scaly"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scaly

Macmillan British Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "scaly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scaly

Macmillan American Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scaly"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/scaly

Cambridge Dictionary:

scaly [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "scaly"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "scaly"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scaly 2

the Free Dictionary:

scaly

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scaly"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scaly"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "scaly" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/scaly

Google Dictionary:

scaly | scalier [comparative] | scaliest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scaly"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=scaly

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scaly

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scaly"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=scaly​001 word=scaly

YourDictionary Audio:

scaly

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scaly" by speech synthesizer

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