Definition of scaly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskeɪli/

adjective (scalier, scaliest)

1Covered in scales: scaly reptiles
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  • Its skin was a nasty shade of brown, covered in visible bumps and scars, even scaly.
  • As she stepped closer, the intelligent reptilian head and glittering scaly body became apparent.
  • Their riders, scaly humanoid creatures with reptilian features, watched the trees for any sign of moments.
1.1(Of skin) dry and flaking: a dry scaly scalp the skin may become scaly
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  • Face it - dry, pasty, scaly skin doesn't exactly go with shorts and tees.
  • Cracked or scaly skin is unable to serve as an effective barrier against disease.
  • We have heard from several readers that regular use of this spice seems to help control the itchy, scaly skin associated with psoriasis.



Example sentences
  • Scrub off scaliness by mixing together two tablespoons of jojoba oil with four drops of lemon oil and four drops of lime oil (all available at health food stores).
  • Apart from the redness and scaliness being unsightly, cracked, dry skin is a surefire route for infection.
  • A rash, redness, scaliness around the nipple or itching that lasts several weeks could also be a sign of eczema or Paget's disease, a rare form of breast cancer.

Words that rhyme with scaly

bailey, bailie, capercaillie, Cayley, ceilidh, daily, Daley, Daly, Disraeli, Eilidh, feyly, gaily, Haley, Hayley, Israeli, Rayleigh, shaly, ukulele

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