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scallop

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noun scal·lop \ ˈskä-ləp , ˈska- , ˈskȯ- \
variants: or less commonly play \ˈskä-, ˈskȯ-\

Definition of scallop

1 a :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
2 a :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)
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[French escalope, probably from Middle French, shell]
:a thin slice of boneless meat or fish
  • veal scallops
called also escalope

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Origin and Etymology of scallop

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

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scallop

verb
variants: or less commonly scollop

Definition of scallop

transitive verb
1 a :to shape, cut, or finish in scallops
b :to form scallops in
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[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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First Known Use of scallop

1682


SCALLOP Defined for English Language Learners

scallop

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noun

Definition of scallop for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SCALLOP Defined for Kids

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scallop

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noun scal·lop \ ˈskä-ləp , ˈska- \

Definition of scallop for Students

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)

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scallop

verb

Definition of scallop for Students

scalloped; scalloping
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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