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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English scali, skaly, equivalent to scale +‎ -y.

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AdjectiveEdit

scaly (comparative scalier, superlative scaliest)

  1. Covered or abounding with scales.
    Synonyms: squamulose; see also Thesaurus:scaly
    Antonyms: scaleless, esquamulose
    a scaly fish  a scaly stem
  2. Composed of scales lying over each other.
    a scaly bulb
  3. Resembling scales, laminae, or layers.
  4. (dated, vulgar or South Africa) low, mean.
    a scaly fellow

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scaly (plural scalies)

  1. (South Africa) The scaly yellowfish, Labeobarbus natalensis.

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