scaly

adjective
\ˈskā-lē \
scalier; scaliest

Definition of scaly 

1a : covered with, composed of, or rich in scale or scales

b : flaky

2 : of or relating to scaly animals

3 : despicable, poor a regular scaly old shop— Charles Dickens

4 : infested with scale insects scaly fruit

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Other Words from scaly

scaliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for scaly

Synonyms

scaled, squamous

Antonyms

scaleless

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Examples of scaly in a Sentence

His skin was dry and scaly. the snake's scaly skin was dry to the touch

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Soon thereafter a 2017 study suggesting that T. rex was primarily scaly drew critique from those who think T. rex had at least a partial covering of fuzzy protofeathers. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How We Elected T. rex to be Our Tyrant Lizard King," 21 June 2018 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a photo of the scaly intruder on its Facebook page Wednesday. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "He was trying to go to sleep. Then this monster snake fell out of the ceiling," 12 July 2018 People with atopic dermatitis generally experience symptoms like very dry and itchy skin, red, brown, or gray skin patches, raised, weeping bumps, and thick, cracked, or scaly skin. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 Other than that, though, this park management sim is its own scaly beast. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Jurassic World Evolution," 19 June 2018 The rainbow Limited-Edition Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler comes with a scaly version of Tarte's Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara to give you lashes like a seductive sea witch. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Tarte's Full Mermaid Makeup Collection Just Dropped and It's Pool-Side Beauty Goals," 15 Mar. 2018 PsoriasisPsoriasis is an immune system disorder that causes the body to grow excess skin cells, which can create red, scaly rashes on the body and face. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "The Most Common Skin Conditions, Explained," 15 June 2018 Eczema is a condition that can cause flare-ups of a red, scaly, itchy rash to appear on different parts of your body, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "Yes, You Can Get Eczema on Your Scalp," 4 Apr. 2018 That finding would transform the lizard family tree—and make these scaly creatures the ultimate survivors. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oldest Lizard Fossil Shows the Reptiles Are True Survivors," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of scaly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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scaly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scaly

: covered with scales or flakes

scaly

adjective
\ˈskā-lē \
scalier; scaliest

Kids Definition of scaly

: covered with scales or flakes scaly skin

scaly

adjective
\ˈskā-lē \
scalier; scaliest

Medical Definition of scaly 

: covered with or composed of scale or scales dry scaly skin

Other Words from scaly

scaliness noun

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