1 any of the numerous plates, made of various substances resembling enamel or dentine, covering the bodies of fishes
a any of the horny or chitinous plates covering a part or the entire body of certain reptiles and mammals
b any of the numerous minute structures covering the wings of lepidoptera
Related adj →
3 a thin flat piece or flake
4 a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the skin: excessive shedding may be the result of a skin disease
5 a specialized leaf or bract, esp. the protective covering of a bud or the dry membranous bract of a catkin
7 a flaky black oxide of iron formed on the surface of iron or steel at high temperatures
8 any oxide formed on a metal during heat treatment
9 tr to remove the scales or coating from
10 to peel off or cause to peel off in flakes or scales
12 to cover or become covered with scales, incrustation, etc.
13 tr to throw (a disc or thin flat object) edgewise through the air or along the surface of water
14 intr (Austral)
informal to ride on public transport without paying a fare
(C14: from Old French escale, of Germanic origin; compare Old English scealu shell)
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