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scaly (biology)

Definition:

rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

scale | scaliness

Comparative:

scalier

Superlative:

scaliest

Similar to:

rough

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

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

All senses of scaly...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

lepidote [biology]

covered with scales, scaly leaves, or spots (7 of 185 words, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

lepidote

a rhododendron with tiny scales on the undersurface of the leaves (11 of 29 words, pronunciation)

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

New World Dictionary:

lepidote [biology] | scurfy [synonym]

covered with small flakes, scales, or scalelike hairs; scurfy (9 of 21 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lepidote

American Heritage Dictionary:

lepidote

Covered with small, scurfy scales. (5 of 14 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lepidote

Random House Dictionary:

lepidote [botany]

covered with scurfy scales or scaly spots. (7 of 13 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/lepidote

Wiktionary:

lepidote [botany]

Having a coat of scurfy scales. (6 of 8 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lepidote

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

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

Britannica Encyclopedia:

scale [zoology]

in zoology, small plate or shield forming part of the outer skin layers of certain animals. Scales provide protection from the environment and from ... (24 of 231 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/526344​/scale

scale [music]

in music, any graduated sequence of notes, tones, or intervals dividing what is called an octave. The specific selection of different tones in any ... (24 of 207 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/526314​/scale

Columbia Encyclopedia:

scale | chromatic scale

in music, any series of tones arranged in a step-by-step rising or falling order of pitch. A scale defines the interval relationship of each tone to ... (26 of 570 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0843856​.html

scale | scales, zoology

in zoology, an outgrowth, either bony or horny, of the skin of an animal. The major component of the scales of fishes is bone, and they are formed ... (28 of 267 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0843858​.html

scale | weights and measures | weighing machine | scales, weights and measures

in weights and measures, instruments for determining weight, generally for other than laboratory use. For the principles of operation of all weighing ... (22 of 267 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0843857​.html

scale

in cartography, the ratio of the distance between two points on a map to the real distance between the two corresponding points portrayed. The scale ... (25 of 186 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/world​/A​0843855​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

lepidote

covered in small scaly leaves (5 of 26 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696228​/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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scaly

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