One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘flakes of pastry’
sliver, wafer, shaving, paring, peeling
chip, shard, scale, crumb, grain, speck, spillikin
fragment, scrap, shred, bit, particle
technical spall, lamina
1‘the paint on the door was flaking’
peel off, peel, chip, scale off, blister, come off, come off in layers
technical desquamate, exfoliate
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