Origin of squama

First recorded in 1700–10, squama is from the Latin word squāma scale
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noun plural -mae (-miː)
  1. biology a scale or scalelike structure
Derived Formssquamate (ˈskweɪmeɪt), adjective

Word Origin for squama

C18: from Latin
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squamae in Medicine


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