Thursday, 14 January 2016

scale: Word of the day for January 14, 2016

scale , n :
Part of an overlapping arrangement of many small, flat and hard pieces of keratin covering the skin of an animal, particularly a fish or reptile. A small piece of pigmented chitin, many of which coat the wings of a butterfly or moth to give them their color. A flake of skin of an animal afflicted with dermatitis. A pine nut of a pinecone. The flaky material sloughed off heated metal. Scale mail (as opposed to chain mail). Limescale. A scale insect. The thin metallic side plate of the handle of a pocketknife. […]

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