from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To shed or peel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To peel off in the form of scales; to scale off, as the skin in certain diseases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To scale off; peel off; exfoliate; be shed, cast, or molted in the form of scales or flakes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. peel off in scales


Latin dēsquāmāre, dēsquāmāt- : dē-, de- + squāma, scale.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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