Word of the day

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squamous (adj) – 1. Covered with or formed of scales; scaly.
2. Resembling a scale or scales; thin and flat like a scale.
3. Of or relating to the thin, platelike part of the temporal bone.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The adjective squamous is a direct borrowing of Latin squāmōsus “covered with scales, scaly”, a derivative of the noun squāma “scale (on a fish or reptile), metal plate used in making armor.” The ultimate etymology of squāma is unclear, but it is related to squālēre “to be covered or crusted in scales or dirt,” and the derivatives of squālēre include squālidus “having a rough surface” and squālor “roughness, dirtiness, filth.” Squamous entered English in the 16th century.


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