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  • adj. Not having scales.
  • adj. Not having a reference for size, lacking anything to give a sense of scale.
  • adj. Free from deposits of scale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of scales.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no scales: as, the scaleless amphibians; the scaleless rhizome of a fern.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. destitute of scales


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  • 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."

    Ed stokes the fires of my lost love

  • 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.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Third, scaleless aquatic animals such as snails are often host to all sorts of pathogenic worms like the schistosoma, which causes bilharzias.

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • Small, scaleless fishes, short jaws, armed with sharp teeth.

    Mark C. Miller: Holy Mackerel! Amazing Fish Facts

  • He gestured with one scaleless, pink paw toward the viewing port.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • They all had jutting noses, scaleless skin, and most bizarre of all, fur growing from the tops of their heads.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • 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.).

    Biological diversity in the Cape Floristic Region

  • 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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  • Beautifully said, WordNet. Bravo!

    October 14, 2008