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"Escamoso" is an adjective which is often translated as "scaly", and "escamar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to scale". Learn more about the difference between "escamoso" and "escamar" below.
escamoso(
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kah
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moh
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soh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (with scales)
a. scaly
Nunca había visto un pez tan grande y escamoso.I had never seen such a big and scaly fish.
2. (peeling into thin pieces)
a. flaky
La piel se me ha puesto muy escamosa con este clima tan seco.My skin is too flaky in this dry weather.
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escamar(
ehs
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kah
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mahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to take scales out)
a. to scale
Los pescaderos utilizan una herramienta especial para escamar el pescado.Fishmongers use a special tool to scale fish.
b. to remove the scales from
Escamar el salmón con un cuchillo normal es casi imposible.Removing the scales from this salmon with a normal knife is almost impossible.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to make wary)
a. to make suspicious
Quítate de esas gafas de sol que te están escamando.Take off those sunglasses; they're making you suspicious.
escamarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to become wary)
a. to get suspicious
Es lógico que Marta se escame si la historia de Juan tiene varias contradicciones.It's logical that Marta gets suspicious if Juan's version has several contradictions.
b. to smell a rat
Los tres mafiosos llegaron a un acuerdo que se escamaron.The three mafiosos all agreed that they smelled a rat.
4. (to come off)
a. to scale
La pintura de la casa empezó a escamarse después de muchos años.The paint on the house started to scale after many years.
b. to flake off
Nunca me pinto las uñas porque suelen escamarse.I never paint my nails because they usually flake off.
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