1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A scaly animal has small pieces of hard skin covering its body.

The brown rat has prominent ears and a long scaly tail.

2) ADJ-GRADED If someone's skin is scaly, it has dry areas and small pieces of it come off.

If your skin becomes red, sore or very scaly, consult your doctor.

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  • scaly — (adj.) also scaley, 1520s, from SCALE (Cf. scale) (n.1) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Scaliness …   Etymology dictionary

  • scaly — meaning ‘covered in scales’, is spelt in this way, not scaley. The derived noun is scaliness …   Modern English usage

  • scaly — ► ADJECTIVE (scalier, scaliest) 1) covered in scales. 2) (of skin) dry and flaking …   English terms dictionary

  • scaly — [skā′lē] adj. scalier, scaliest 1. having, covered with, composed of, or resembling a scale or scales 2. shedding or yielding scales or flakes 3. full of or infested with scale insects …   English World dictionary

  • scaly — UK [ˈskeɪlɪ] / US adjective Word forms scaly : adjective scaly comparative scalier superlative scaliest 1) a scaly animal has skin like that of a fish or a snake 2) scaly skin is so dry that small pieces of it fall off …   English dictionary

  • scaly — adjective (scalier; est) Date: 14th century 1. a. covered with, composed of, or rich in scale or scales b. flaky 2. of or relating to scaly animals 3. despicable, poor < a regular scaly old shop Charles Dickens > 4. infested wi …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scaly — SYN: squamous. * * * scaly skā lē adj, scal·i·er; est covered with or composed of scale or scales <dry scaly skin> scal·i·ness n * * * sca·ly (skaґle) [L. squamosus] pertaining to or characterized by scales …   Medical dictionary

  • scaly — scal|y [ˈskeıli] adj 1.) a scaly animal or fish is covered with small flat pieces of hard skin 2.) scaly skin is dry and rough …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scaly — scal|y [ skeıli ] adjective 1. ) a scaly animal has skin like that of a fish or a snake 2. ) scaly skin is so dry that small pieces of it fall off …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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