from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered or partially covered with scales.
  • adj. Shedding scales or flakes; flaking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Covered or abounding with scales; as, a scaly fish.
  • adj. Resembling scales, laminae, or layers.
  • adj. Mean; low.
  • adj. Composed of scales lying over each other; as, a scaly bulb; covered with scales; as, a scaly stem.
  • n. A species of yellowfish, Labeobarbus natalensis

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Covered or abounding with scales.
  • adj. Resembling scales, lamin├Ž, or layers.
  • adj. Mean; low.
  • adj. Composed of scales lying over each other; ; covered with scales.

from The 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.

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

  • 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


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