American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Covered or partially covered with scales.
- adj. Shedding scales or flakes; flaking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Covered with scales; provided with scales; scaled; squamate; scutellate.
- Scale-like; of the nature of a scale; squamous.
- Furfuraceous; scarious; desquamated; exfoliated; scabby.
- In botany, composed of scales lying over one another: as, a scaly bulb; having scales scattered over it: as, a scaly stem.
- Shabby; mean; stingy.
- Covered with a scale or incrustation, as a boiler or kettle in which water containing mineral salts which become insoluble on heating has been evaporated.
- adj. Covered or abounding with scales; as, a scaly fish.
- adj. Resembling scales, laminae, or layers.
- adj. dated Mean; low.
- adj. Composed of scales lying over each other; as, a scaly bulb; covered with scales; as, a scaly stem.
- n. South Africa A species of yellowfish, Labeobarbus natalensis
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Covered or abounding with scales.
- adj. Resembling scales, laminæ, or layers.
- adj. Low Mean; low.
- adj. (Bot.) Composed of scales lying over each other; ; covered with scales.
- adj. having the body covered or partially covered with thin horny plates, as some fish and reptiles
- adj. rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
“Atopic dermatitis affects 1% to 3% of adults and is characterized by scaly red patches, usually on the face and hands.”
“Even so, companies that recycle old artwork still try and sneak in scaly-skinned dromaeosaurs if you let them.”
“First came a troop of black men, and a dragon (i.e. a man in scaly armour) mounted on an elephant in their midst.”
“Pangolins Manis pentadactyla pentadactyla, also known as scaly anteaters, used to be quite common on the island, but like many of the island's animals, they were hunted for their unusual features -- in this case, the scales, and their meat.”
“The bark is sometimes scaly and for that reason, it is called scaly bark in the eastern part of the State.”
“Pangolins, often called scaly anteaters, are covered in tough, overlapping scales.”
“Police in southern Johor state seized 31 live pangolins -- also known as scaly anteaters -- packed in blue sacks in the living room of a house and found another 31 frozen creatures in a freezer, marine police official Mohammad Naser Marzuke said.”
“But, in real-time conversation, this dialogue takes another kind of scaly skin altogether.”
“Him's good for he," and in general use a very "scaly" lingo, learned from cod-fish, one would think.”
“What! the editor of a sheet that has dared to speak of me as a" scaly "fellow, and hold my policy up to the laughter of the nation?”
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