Meaning of “scaly” in the English Dictionary

"scaly" in British English

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scalyadjective

uk /ˈskeɪ.li/ us /ˈskeɪ.li/

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.
scaliness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈskeɪ.li.nəs/ us /ˈskeɪ.li.nəs/

(Definition of “scaly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scaly" in American English

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scalyadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /ˈskeɪ·li/

covered with scales (= thin pieces of hard skin):

scaly reptiles

If a person’s skin is scaly, it is very dry.

(Definition of “scaly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)