EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin squāma (scale). Doublet of squame.

NounEdit

squama (plural squamae or squamas)

  1. (medicine) A scale cast off from the skin; a thin dry shred of epithelium.
  2. (botany) The bract of a deciduous spike.
  3. (botany) Any scaly bracted leaf.
  4. (entomology) A calypter.

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • squama at OneLook Dictionary Search

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for squama in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)


ItalianEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈskwa.ma/
  • Rhymes: -ama
  • Hyphenation: squà‧ma

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin squāma.

NounEdit

squama f (plural squame)

  1. (zoology) scale (keratin piece covering the skin of reptiles and fishes)
    Synonym: scaglia
  2. (anatomy) squama
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Inflected form of the verb squamare.

VerbEdit

squama

  1. inflection of squamare:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably related to squālus (filthy, foul) or possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewH- (to cover).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

squāma f (genitive squāmae); first declension

  1. scale (of a fish or reptile)
  2. (by extension) flake; any item shaped like a scale

DeclensionEdit

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative squāma squāmae
Genitive squāmae squāmārum
Dative squāmae squāmīs
Accusative squāmam squāmās
Ablative squāmā squāmīs
Vocative squāma squāmae

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • squama”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • squama”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • squama in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette