• WordNet 3.6
    • adj scaly having the body covered or partially covered with thin horny plates, as some fish and reptiles
    • adj scaly rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scaly (Bot) Composed of scales lying over each other; as, a scaly bulb; covered with scales; as, a scaly stem.
    • Scaly Covered or abounding with scales; as, a scaly fish. "Scaly crocodile."
    • Scaly Mean; low; as, a scaly fellow.
    • Scaly Resembling scales, laminæ, or layers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scaly Covered with scales; provided with scales; scaled; squamate; scutellate.
    • scaly Scale-like; of the nature of a scale; squamous.
    • scaly Furfuraceous; scarious; desquamated; exfoliated; scabby.
    • scaly In botany, composed of scales lying over one another: as, a scaly bulb; having scales scattered over it: as, a scaly stem.
    • scaly Shabby; mean; stingy.
    • scaly 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scaly covered with scales: like scales: shabby:
    • adj Scaly (bot.) formed of scales
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceale, scale, the scale of a fish; Ger. schale, shell.


In literature:

The scaly monster came full at him with dripping fangs, its mighty body thrusting forward its huge and hideous head.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
I could see that he had pushed the scaly armour outward and upward, so that it held fast against the rocks on every side.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
The breathing pores (stigmata) open in a scaly plate at the posterior end of the body.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Several had strings of beauties yet moist from the river, whose scaly sides glittered in the morning sunshine.
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Into the dressing tent the limp form, clad in its scaly green suit, was tenderly carried.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
Grendel hastily put forth his terrible scaly hand and seized one hapless sleeper.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
A scaly head it was, in some shiny material.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Neither the huge bulk of the elephant nor the scaly hide of the rhinoceros could defend them from his stroke.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various

In poetry:

And the dragon's body
Moved his scaly neck,
At her shoulder snaking
Whiplike forth and back.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
Thus have I sung, how scaly Nations rove,
What Food they seek, what Pastures they approve;
How all the busy Wantons of the Seas
Soft Loves repeat, and form the new Increase.
"Oppian's Halieuticks Part I: Of The Nature of Fishes: In Two Books: Book Two" by William Diaper
None ever cou'd have over-come the beast,
Who cheated Eve, nor low'r'd his scaly crest,
Nor free'd us from hell's deep and dark abode,
Besides the woman's Seed — the Son of God.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Since none on earth the dragon can restrain,
And the invader of my peace enchain:
Yet thou, O Lord! his scaly crest canst low'r,
Thou, Lord! canst bind him, thou canst quite o'erpow'r.
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
And round the edges of thy cup
Men wrought thee marvels out of gold,
Strong snakes with lean throats lifted up,
Large eyes whereon the brows had hold,
And scaly things their slime kept cold.
"Aholibah" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
I sit before the gold-embroidered curtain
And think her face is like a wrinkled desert.
The crystal burns in lamplight beneath my eyes.
A dragon slowly coils on the scaly curtain.
Upon a scarlet cloth a white skull lies.
"The House Of Dust: Part 02: 04: " by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

New video captured by an underwater camera near a deep-sea drilling rig off the coast of the United Kingdom depicts a giant, scaly blob dancing and pulsing under the waters.
Dandruff or dry scaly coat is a condition that we see in cats and dogs, especially during cold weather.
A huge scaly serpent, usually with the wings of a bat or bird.
Britney Spears reveals scaly feet at 'X Factor' bash.
Photo by Justin Zamudio/San Angelo Standard-Times A statue of a bucking horse is displayed near a leather couch with a scaly upholstery.
Join the Midwest Museum of Natural History from 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, Oct 13, for a presentation by Dr Richard King of Northern Illinois University about scaly and slimy creatures.
The unearthing of a fuzzy ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex in China casts doubt on the image of the king of dinosaurs as a scaly beast.
There's a big difference between these two gents: One is a gruff, masculine lumberjack who I would kiss, and the other most likely has scaly winter skin.
The eyes seem to gaze away from the Atlas moth 's body, and the snakes' necks show scaly patterns.
We know that Casper pet owners are proud of their furry friends, feathered friends, scaly friends – so we're teaming up with Casper Animal Medical Center to give you a place to show them off.
Physician's Assistant Nicole Raulerson says the inflammation triggers real thick scaly plaques on the skin to happen.
My roommate Mike has psoriasis , which, according to WebMD, is "a reddish, scaly rash often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, scalp, and around or in the ears, navel, genitals or buttocks".
A red, inflamed, itchy rash that may be scaly, crusty, or oozy.
While you may know former Guns N' Roses member (and current solo artist) Slash as a guitar god, we here at TheFW appreciate his love for our slithery, scaly friends.
Rock this scaly print just like Jennifer Lopez and you'll look fierce and fabulous.

In science:

Scali C., Prosperi C., Vannucchi M. G., Pepeu G. and Casamenti F. (2000) Brain inflammatory reaction in an animal model of neuronal degeneration and its modulation by an anti-inflammatory drug: implication in Alzheimer's disease.
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats