(It rhymes with famous, for those in doubt.)
I mean, eu!
Squamous means covered with, formed of, or looking like scales. It's mostly used to describe cells on the surfaces of animals' insides.
Even lovely things can be described as squamous:
This is an Eastern Box Turtle.
This is a coat made of scales from pangolins*. It was made in India and was a present to King George the Third of England. (The mad one.) Photo by Gaius Cornelius.
The scaly stems of Amanita phalloides. From The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise by M E Hard.
But however lovely these things are, squamous manages to make them sound about as cuddly as a cat's curse.
You know, I think I might start a no-use-of-the-word-squamous-on-a-day-which-ends-in-a-y campaign.
Word Not To Use Today: squamous. This word comes from the Latin word squāmōsus, from squāma, a scale.
*This is a pangolin:
Illustration by St George Mivert.