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noun, plural squa·mae [skwey-mee] /ˈskweɪ mi/.
  1. a scale or scalelike part, as of epidermis or bone.
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Origin of squama

First recorded in 1700–10, squama is from the Latin word squāma scale
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Examples from the Web for squama

Historical Examples

  • Calypter: Diptera; the alula or squama when it covers the haltere.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • At seventy the squama of the temporal bone unites with the parietal, and at eighty the entire cranium has become a single bone.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

British Dictionary definitions for squama


noun plural -mae (-miː)
  1. biology a scale or scalelike structure
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Derived Formssquamate (ˈskweɪmeɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin
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squama in Medicine


(skwāmə, skwä-)
n. pl. squa•mae (-mē′)
  1. A thin platelike mass, as of bone.
  2. A scale or scalelike structure.
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Related formssquamate′ (-māt′) adj.
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