squama

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin squāma (scale). Doublet of squame.

Noun[edit]

squama (plural squamae or squamas)

  1. (medicine) A scale cast off from the skin; a thin dry shred of epithelium.
  2. (botany) The bract of a deciduous spike.
  3. (botany) Any scaly bracted leaf.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for squama in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin squāma.

Noun[edit]

squama f (plural squame)

  1. (zoology) scale (keratin piece covering the skin of reptiles and fishes)
    Synonym: scaglia
  2. (anatomy) squama
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Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected form of the verb squamare.

Verb[edit]

squama

  1. third-person singular present indicative of squamare
  2. second-person singular imperative of squamare

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably related to squālus (filthy, foul) or possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewH- (to cover).

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Noun[edit]

squāma f (genitive squāmae); first declension

  1. scale (of a fish or reptile)
  2. (by extension) flake; any item shaped like a scale

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative squāma squāmae
Genitive squāmae squāmārum
Dative squāmae squāmīs
Accusative squāmam squāmās
Ablative squāmā squāmīs
Vocative squāma squāmae

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