Etymology
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scaly (adj.)

also scaley, "covered with or provided with scales" late 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), scali, from scale (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Scaliness.

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Definitions of scaly

scaly (adj.)
rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf;
Synonyms: lepidote / leprose / scabrous / scurfy
scaly (adj.)
having the body covered or partially covered with thin horny plates, as some fish and reptiles;
Synonyms: scaley / scaled
From wordnet.princeton.edu