"flakes" in the noun sense
1. snowflake, flake
a crystal of snow
2. eccentric, eccentric person, flake, oddball, geek
a person with an unusual or odd personality
3. bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
"a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
"flakes" in the verb sense
form into flakes
"The substances started to flake"
cover with flakes or as if with flakes
3. peel off, peel, flake off, flake
come off in flakes or thin small pieces
"The paint in my house is peeling off"
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