scallop

noun
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)
4 : pattypan
5 [ French escalope, probably from Middle French, shell ] : a thin slice of boneless meat or fish veal scallops

called also escalope

scallop

verb
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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Noun

scallop 2a

In the meaning defined above

Examples of scallop in a Sentence

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When lightly baked, the scallops stick together, forming a disc. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Daniel Boulud's Scallop Rosettes with Spaghetti Squash," 4 Oct. 2013 Refined but not stuffy, the cuisine is French with Caribbean flair: a brandied bisque of rock lobster, say, or scallops in a wine and cheese sauce. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 If scallops were bacteria-sized, their usual strategy, to progress by closing their shells fast and opening them slowly, would get them nowhere. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "Swimming on Atomic and Cosmic Levels," 9 Aug. 2018 Chef José Santaella, a protégé of Eric Ripert and Ferran Adrià, puts a modern twist on classic Puerto Rican ingredients, like beef sliders with sweet plantains and red-wine mayonnaise, and seared scallops over guava and pineapple jam. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 The five main courses include Saigon bouillabaisse ($32); scallops Rockefeller with nasturtium pistou ($28); a lamb burger ($20); and a New York strip steak ($36). Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tenderloin’s Black Cat evolves into a romantic supper club," 2 May 2018 This region is home to commercially important fishes, as well as wild stocks of quahogs, scallops, and surf clams that can't swim away from growing acidic waters. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Ocean Acidification Could Be a Net Positive for Some Fish," 30 Mar. 2018 The calamari is great fried; branzino, snapper, and scallops are best grilled; and the clams should always be baked. Ali Francis, Vogue, "7 Long Island City Restaurants You Should Try Before, Well, Amazon," 20 Nov. 2018 In its place, Elizabeth offered Bonefish Grill’s (multiple locations, bonefishgrill.com) Fresh dayboat scallops elote. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "At Bonefish Grill, summer corn calls for scallops," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The exterior design is contemporary and recognizable, with a long hood, upswept rear fender and scalloped doors. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Volvo loads up XC40 compact SUV with nifty features," 8 June 2018 The Spring 2018 collection featured red leather, silk fringe, florals and scalloped details. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton Transformed A Rug Into A Coat For Spring 2018," 27 June 2017 Model ships and colored onion lamps, as well as the valance scalloped like waves that frames the waterfront view, affirm the maritime theme. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018 Tracking a wide range of species — blue shark, tiger shark, shortfin mako, great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, porbeagle, and dusky shark — the researchers sought to visualize all the human infrastructure that sharks must navigate. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Overfishing is decimating sharks. This map shows where they cross paths with fishing boats.," 26 July 2018 The edges are scalloped and hand-painted in summery colors—french blue, strawberry red, garden rose pink, and lilac—with a glossy dye. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 The bodice is sweetly scalloped, with a bow under the bust and teasingly bare sides. Rebecca Ramsey, The Cut, "Make a Dramatic Exit in This Miu Miu Dress," 28 June 2018 Creeping Charlie also has blue flowers, square stems and rounded, scalloped leaves, but has a minty fragrance. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Winter annual weeds ready to bloom, spread," 9 Mar. 2018 Measuring 3,640 square feet across the two-story main house and a detached studio, the three-bed-two-and-a-half-bath charms from the start, with a large front yard and porch and scalloped shingle siding further welcoming you inside. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Cute Craftsman built in 1911 wants $675K," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of scallop

Noun

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

Verb

1682, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for scallop

Noun

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

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scallop

noun

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

scallop

noun
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)

scallop

verb
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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