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


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 Pool Kemble also gave the pool area a refresh, outfitting it with rattan furniture and scallop-trim umbrellas that recall Palm Beach's glory days—without looking dated. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Palm Beach's Iconic Colony Hotel Gets a Fun, Fresh Redesign," 10 Feb. 2021 Try the: Technically not a roll, but the Spicy Scallop Chips -- sweet, sushi-grade scallop topped with tobiko, scallions, and spicy mayo and served on Pringle potato chip -- is one of the most unique appetizers in the city. Joey Morona, cleveland, "12 must-try sushi rolls in Greater Cleveland," 20 Oct. 2020 The skin and fins are all OK to eat, as are the eyes and the cheeks—the latter are tiny scallop-like morsels that have long been prized for their rich, almost sweet flavor. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, "How to Clean, Cook, and Eat Trout in the Backcountry," 15 Oct. 2020 The Cajun shrimp and scallop tacos at the Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill in Cambria are as delightful as the sunset views from the patio. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, "Driving California Highway 1: The best views, hikes and things to do near San Luis Obispo," 27 Aug. 2020 Was Ludwig attempting an escape by boat, swapping the floating scallop of his grotto for something more practical? Daisy Alioto, Longreads, "House of the Century," 10 Aug. 2020 The shell of a scallop has the classic fanned out shape so symbolic of maritime décor. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What Are Scallops? Everything You Need to Know," 30 June 2020 Also damaged were four artworks in the shape of scallops, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce said. Fox News, "Plymouth Rock vandalized with graffiti shortly before 400th anniversary celebration," 18 Feb. 2020 The availability of scallops for consumers hasn’t changed as the U.S. harvest has long been supplemented by foreign sources. USA TODAY, "Tubing, Hemingway, great white sharks: News from around our 50 states," 21 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Black cotton with perfect double seams stitched along each finger, triple stitched along the thumb, and scalloped at the wrist., "A portal to memory that fits like a glove - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 The design included delicate floral patterns and tiers of sequined, scalloped lace over a white column skirt. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth II Looks More Regal Than Ever at the Annual Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 The meals range from potato bread to apricot and prune marmalade, scalloped cabbage, corn bread, bean and tomato stew, savory rice, poultry with peas, buckwheat chocolate cake, and chocolate fudge frosting. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Cook These Quarantine-Friendly World War I Recipes," 16 Apr. 2020 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

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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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“Scallop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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