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e- (prefix forming adjectives with the sense of lacking something) +‎ squamulose; squamulose is derived from New Latin squāmulōsus (squamulose), from Latin squamula (small scales) (diminutive of squāma (scale of a fish or reptile; item shaped like a scale, flake)) + -ōsus (suffix meaning ‘full of, prone to’).[1][2] The English word is analysable as e- +‎ squamula +‎ -ose.



esquamulose (not comparable)

  1. (botany, mycology) Not covered in scales or scale-like objects; having a smooth skin or outer covering.
    Synonym: scaleless
    Antonyms: scaly, squamose, squamous, squamulose
    • 1884, Lucien M[arcus] Underwood, “Article I.—Descriptive Catalogue of the North American Hepaticæ, North of Mexico”, in Bulletin of the Illinois State Laboratory of Natural History, Normal, Illinois, volume II, Peoria, Ill.: J. W. Franks & Sons, printers and binders, →OCLC, order II (Marchantiaceæ Corda.), section VII (Dumortiera Nees.), paragraph 1, page 38:
      D[umortiera] hirsuta Nees. Diœcious; thallus 5–15 cm. long, 1.3–2 cm. wide, thin, deep-green, becoming blackish, plane and entire on the margins, exareolate and naked, or sometimes with a delicate, coarsely reticulated, closely appressed, cobweb-like pubescence above, hirsute and esquamulose beneath; [...]
    • 1890 February 5, George King, “VIII.—Materials for a Flora of the Malayan Peninsula.”, in Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, volume LIX, part II (Natural Science), number 2, Calcutta: Printed at the Baptist Mission Press, →OCLC, order XV (Ternstrœmiaceæ), section 6 (Saurauja, Willd.), page 198:
      Saurauja nudiflora, [...]. A tree 20 to 30 feet high; youngest branchlets dark-coloured, squamulose towards the apex; the older esquamulose, pale, faintly striate.
    • 1894, James M[orrison] Crombie, A Monograph of Lichens Found in Britain: Being a Descriptive Catalogue of the Species in the Herbarium of the British Museum, London: Printed by order of the Trustees [of the British Museum] [], →OCLC, page 164:
      Hookeri [...] In the only British specimen seen these are about 1 in. high, robust, entirely esquamulose, with the apothecia somewhat large, conglomerate, and having a few minute squamules intermixed.
    • 1909 January, G. K. Merrill, “Lichen Notes No. 7. Cladonia multiformis (nom. nov.) Bry. 6: 1908.”, in Annie Morrill Smith, editor, The Bryologist: An Illustrated Bimonthly Devoted to North American Mosses, Hepatics and Lichens, volume XII, number 1, New York, N.Y.: Published by the editor, [], →OCLC, page 4:
      Cladonia multiformis. [...] Podetia irregularly sub-cylindrical at the base, commonly entire but sometimes fissured and gaping, slender or stout, simple or pseudo-branched by obliteration of an early scyphus, esquamulose or more or less leafy throughout, [...]
    • 1974, D. C. Lindsay, “Systematic Account”, in The Macrolichens of South Georgia (British Antarctic Survey Scientific Reports; no. 89)‎[1], London: British Antarctic Survey, National Environment Research Council, →OCLC, archived from the original on 19 February 2019, section 14 (Descriptions of Genera and Species), page 22:
      Both subspecies may superficially resemble C. furcata var. furcata, but can be distinguished by the imperforate axils and esquamulose podetia.



  1. ^ e-, prefix2”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, January 2018; “e-”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
  2. ^ Compare “squamulose, adj.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1915.

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