from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An imbricated pattern.
- Imbricated; having a pattern resembling scales: as, a scale-pattern tea-cup.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In the former the scale-pattern is used conventionally to denote almost anything.
The feathers of Typhon's wings are conventionally represented by a scale-pattern; the arc of the scales has been drawn with compass; we observe still the hole left in the centre by the leg of the compass.