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scale1

scale1

 
pronunciation:
skeIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one of the many small, hard, thin plates that cover fish, reptiles, and certain mammals.
synonyms:
squama
definition 2: any thin flat piece that flakes off a surface such as skin.
synonyms:
flake
definition 3: a small plant-destroying insect.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scaled, scales, scaling
definition 1: to remove the scales from.
Would you scale this fish?
similar words:
exfoliate, peel, scrape, skin, strip
definition 2: to strip off in thin layers.
synonyms:
exfoliate, pare, peel, shave
similar words:
flake, husk, laminate, scrape, strip
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to flake off.
synonyms:
exfoliate, flake
similar words:
desquamate, peel
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derivation: scalelike (adj.)
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