adjective /ˈskweɪ.məs,ˈskwɑː.məs,ˈskweɪ.moʊs,ˈskwɑ.moʊs/
a) Covered with, made of, or resembling scales; scaly.

In the squamous heads of Scabius, Knapweed, and the elegant Jacea Pinea, and in the Scaly composure of the Oak-Rose, which some years most aboundeth.

b) Of or pertaining to the squamosal bone; squamosal

I might call it gigantic - tentacled - proboscidian - octopus-eyed - semi-amorphous - plastic - partly squamous and partly rugose - ugh!

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