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[skwey-mey-shuh n]
  1. the state of being squamate.
  2. the arrangement of the squamae or scales of an animal.
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Origin of squamation

First recorded in 1880–85; squam- + -ation
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Examples from the Web for squamation

Historical Examples of squamation

  • The characteristics of fin rays, scales, and squamation of cheeks and gill-covers apply equally to both species.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others

    James Alexander Henshall

  • Considerably more variation occurs in color and in the arrangement of markings than in squamation.

British Dictionary definitions for squamation


  1. the condition of having or forming scales or squamae
  2. the arrangement of scales in fishes or reptiles
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