Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no scales: as, the scaleless amphibians; the scaleless rhizome of a fern.
- adj. zoology Not having scales.
- adj. Not having a reference for size, lacking anything to give a sense of scale.
- adj. of a surface Free from deposits of scale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute of scales.
- adj. destitute of scales
“But beyond, and high above all, as if the spirits of the air had suddenly unveiled their bright abodes, placed in scaleless altitude in the stainless sky, heaven-kissing, companions of the unattainable ether, were the glorious Alps, clothed in dazzling robes of light by the setting sun.”
“I tried to find a biblical justification for it, but no matter how hard I looked, I always ended up at Leviticus 11:10 which calls scaleless fish, "an abomination.”
“One reason why “scaleless” aquatic animals such as shellfish, crabs, lobsters, and prawns pose a threat to public health is that their meat spoils particularly quickly.”
“Third, scaleless aquatic animals such as snails are often host to all sorts of pathogenic worms like the schistosoma, which causes bilharzias.”
“Small, scaleless fishes, short jaws, armed with sharp teeth.”
“He gestured with one scaleless, pink paw toward the viewing port.”
“They all had jutting noses, scaleless skin, and most bizarre of all, fur growing from the tops of their heads.”
“Most common volume ratios are 3 to 4 eggs for every 2 cups of flour, but I prefer Marcella Hazans ratio of 2 eggs per 1 cup of flour, a good alternate ratio if you find yourself scaleless.”
“Some of the more distinctive fishes in the clear mountain streams of this region include the Cape galaxias (Galaxias zebratus), an elongated, scaleless fish, as well as several species of endemic redfin minnows (Pseudobarbus spp.).”
“For the most part, amphibians are scaleless and their skin is highly permeable, requiring a source of moisture in order to prevent desiccation.”
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