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scallop

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noun scal·lop \ˈskä-ləp, ˈska-, ˈskȯ-\

Simple Definition of scallop

  • : a type of shellfish that has a flat, round shell with two parts and that is often eaten as food

  • : one of a series of similar curves that form a decorative edge on something

Full Definition of scallop

  1. 1a :  any of numerous marine bivalve lamellibranch mollusks (family Pectinidae) that have a radially ribbed shell with the edge undulated and that swim by opening and closing the valvesb :  the adductor muscle of a scallop as an article of food

  2. 2a :  a valve or shell of a scallopb :  a baking dish shaped like a valve of a scallop

  3. 3 :  one of a continuous series of circle segments or angular projections forming a border (as on cloth or metal)

  4. 4 :  pattypan

  5. 5 [French escalope, probably from Middle French, shell] :  a thin slice of boneless meat or fish <veal scallops> —called also escalope

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Variants of scallop

also scol·lop \ˈskä-, ˈskȯ-\

Origin of scallop

Middle English scalop, from Anglo-French escalope shell, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch schelpe shell


First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with scallop


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scallop

verb scal·lop

Definition of scallop

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to shape, cut, or finish in scallopsb :  to form scallops in

    2. 2 [from the use of a scallop shell as a baking dish] :  to bake in a sauce usually covered with seasoned bread or cracker crumbs <scalloped potatoes>

    3. intransitive verb
    4. :  to gather or dredge scallops



    1682

    First Known Use of scallop

    1682

    Variants of scallop

    also scollop

    Rhymes with scallop


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