Word of the Week Wednesday: squamous

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: squamous.

Squamous is an adjective that means scaly.  This includes the meanings of both scale-like and composed of scales.

The “squ” construct brings to mind unwholesome words such as squeamish, squalid or squicky.  It also doesn’t help that many squamous things like lizards and snakes imbue in many people deep feelings of revulsion.

Squamous is also one of the more commonly used words of H. P. Lovecraft like cyclopean and eldritch.



About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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