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scale1

 
pronunciation:
skeIl
parts of speech:
noun, 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 other animals.
 
definition 2: any thin, flat piece that flakes off skin or another surface.
When I scratched my arm, scales of skin fell off.
synonyms:
flake
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: scales, scaling, scaled
definition: to remove the scales from.
We need to scale and clean the fish before we cook them.
similar words:
peel, scrape, skin, strip
derivation: scalelike (adj.)
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