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scaly

adjective uk   /ˈskeɪ.li/ us  

scaly adjective (SKIN)

If skin is scaly, it has small, hard, dry areas that fall off in small pieces: I get scaly patches on my scalp.

scaly adjective (COVERING)

If the inside of a pipe or container that heats water is scaly, it is covered in a hard white or grey layer of material.
scaliness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Translations of “scaly”
in Chinese (Traditional) 皮膚, (皮膚)乾燥脫屑的…
in Russian шелушащийся…
in Turkish pul pul, kabuk kabuk…
in Chinese (Simplified) 皮肤, (皮肤)干燥脱屑的…
in Polish łuszczący się…
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