scal·​lop | \ ˈskä-ləp How to pronounce scallop (audio) , ˈska-, ˈskȯ- How to pronounce scallop (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈskä-​ How to pronounce scollop (audio) , ˈskȯ-​ \

Definition of scallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 valves
b : the adductor muscle of a scallop as an article of food
2a : a valve or shell of a scallop
b : a baking dish shaped like a valve of a scallop
3 : one of a continuous series of circle segments or angular projections forming a border (as on cloth or metal)
5 [French escalope, probably from Middle French, shell] : a thin slice of boneless meat or fish veal scallops

called also escalope


variants: or less commonly scollop
scalloped also scolloped; scalloping also scolloping; scallops also scollops

Definition of scallop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to shape, cut, or finish in scallops
b : to form scallops in
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

intransitive verb

: to gather or dredge scallops

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scallop 2a

In the meaning defined above

Examples of scallop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Deep scallops in the handle offer purchase, while the tapered grip helps cut the knife’s weight to 3.7 ounces. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Knives of SHOT Show 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Also scallops with coconut, satsuma mandarin, radish, dill and oxalis, plus snacks and dessert. Polly Campbell,, "We can't keep these Cincinnati pop-up restaurants a secret anymore," 31 Jan. 2020 The red, snow, and king crabs are enormous and tender; the weathervane scallops, razor and geoduck clams, spot prawns, and wild salmon are ubiquitous. Harry Pearson, Condé Nast Traveler, "To Best Experience Alaska’s Burgeoning Local Food Movement, Go in Winter," 20 Dec. 2019 Big, buttery scallops with a hint of orange are a nice segue from appetizer to entree. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Bar Charley has grown up. Now, you’ll dine as well as you drink.," 13 Nov. 2019 The scallops had started to go south in a sticky glob of sesame whatever with chicken. Mike Sutter,, "Zero-star review: Formosa Garden losing its luster as one of San Antonio’s longtime Chinese restaurants," 2 Jan. 2020 The volume of the fishery is much smaller than Maine’s famous lobster fishery, but the scallops are typically worth more to fishermen on a per-pound basis. USA TODAY, "Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Breaking Bad’ beer, cheetahs, record muskie: News from around our 50 states," 24 Oct. 2019 The volume of the fishery is much smaller than Maine’s famous lobster fishery, but the scallops are typically worth more to fishermen on a per-pound basis., "Legislation filed to expand BCEC and put the Hynes on the market," 22 Oct. 2019 Smelt, sardines, sea urchin, and rockfish deserve to share the spotlight with scallops and spot prawns. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "5 Seafood Lessons I Learned From Writing a Cookbook," 16 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cut with round cookie cutter that has scalloped edge. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Your cookies, your memories: Holiday baking traditions in our readers’ words," 5 Dec. 2019 This autonomous region of Spain lying along the Bay of Biscay, dense with trees that run up hillsides, dotted by wild marshland, and scalloped with tidy beaches, isn’t located between Madrid and Barcelona. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 Worn by Kate to attend the Chelsea Flower Show in London this summer, this broderie anglais shirt with scalloped trim and puff sleeves is perfect for a smart casual look all-year round. Monique Jessen,, "9 Kate Middleton-Inspired Goodies for the Royal Lover in Your Life This Holiday Season," 5 Dec. 2019 The palette is black and midnight blue, the latter appearing on the walls, scalloped banquettes and underlit bar, contrasted by hardwood floors and polished-wood tabletops. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Good Fortune restaurant combines clubby good looks with a neighborhood vibe," 15 Nov. 2019 The settlement, laid out on a peninsula scalloped with beautiful white-sand beaches, was created in the mid-20th century as a resort for foreigners, mainly Americans, residents said. New York Times, "How One Bahamian Town, Nearly Destroyed, Is Coping After Dorian," 6 Sep. 2019 This room also has cast stone fireplace, scalloped detailed coffered ceiling, and French door access to a private courtyard. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: This spacious, gracious Monte Sereno estate ensures a tranquil lifestyle close to Los Gatos," 30 July 2019 Calling all grandmillennials: Society Social's brand-new store might just be our new favorite destination for all things rattan, scalloped and sorbet-colored. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Society Social's First-Ever Store Is Over-the-Top Palm Beach Chic," 12 Nov. 2019 Common traits were spindles, inlaid panels, floral designs, scalloped edges and piercings. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "A stitch in time pleases collectors: Yenke Peddler antiques," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of scallop


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1682, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for scallop


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

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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scallop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


scal·​lop | \ ˈskä-ləp How to pronounce scallop (audio) , ˈska- \

Kids Definition of scallop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an edible shellfish that is a mollusk with a ribbed shell in two parts
2 : one of a series of half-circles that form a border on an edge (as of lace)


scalloped; scalloping

Kids Definition of scallop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bake with crumbs, butter, and milk
2 : to embroider, cut, or edge with half-circles I scalloped the edge of the pie crust.

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