flake

Part of speech: verb

To peel off in flakes; fleck.

Part of speech: noun

A small flat fragment; scale; fleck.

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Usage examples "flake":

  1. Having chosen what he thinks is a suitable stone, the Naga cuts off a flake of it, returns home, and sleeps on it with a view to dreaming of the stone. - "The Khasis", P. R. T. Gurdon.
  2. When he was scraping a bone with a flint scraper he happened to press off a flint flake. - "The Later Cave-Men", Katharine Elizabeth Dopp.
  3. This was the only place where the old- time industry of the isles showed even a flake, so to speak, of its former greatness. - "Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast", Samuel Adams Drake.