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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.Skin complaints and blemishes

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.The state of matter
scaliness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Skin complaints and blemishesThe state of matter
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