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

Seafood like lobster, fish, or scallops are delicious served with a brown butter with a little scraped vanilla bean in it. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "There's nothing vanilla about cooking with fragrant, homemade vanilla," 13 June 2018 Wagyu sliders, lobster arancini, cauliflower and whipped brie tarts, coq au vin empanadas, pork belly, and scallops by executive chef Danny Trace were devoured next to Fendi handbag displays and Alaia accessories. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Houston's finest fete Tootsies, the Galleria and Cafe Annie for one epic night on the town," 22 Feb. 2018 The Bal Masque offerings include barbecue Carolina shrimp from Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, chorizo stuffed dates from Paul Kahan of Avec in Chicago and scallops aguachile from Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles. Todd A. Price,, "Bal Masque reveals full menus from celebrated visiting chefs," 9 Jan. 2018 This religious yet community-minded ritual intends to bestow calm seas and bountiful hauls on the seekers of scallops and such. Lauren Mccutcehon,, "Miss New Jersey, National Marbles Tournament and more things to do Down the Shore," 14 June 2018 Becker enthuses, describing an herbaceous tomato-fennel-garlic broth cradling mahogany clams, scallops, and cod. Ellen Bhang,, "At Shepard, a vibrant pink is a match for bouillabaisse," 22 May 2018 The seafood pancake was as crunchy as a potato chip pie, with fresh bites of shrimp, scallops and mussels mingled among julienned vegetables. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: At Ilsong Garden in Castle Hills, it’s best days are over," 3 May 2018 Throughout the day, Veuve Clicquot Champagne flowed (and flowed and flowed) inside the VIP tent, and guests dined on salmon, burrata, scallops, and Peking duck wraps. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Sienna Miller and Penélope Cruz Don Their Summer Best at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic," 4 June 2018 Choose your main from options like slow-roasted prime rib, avocado-toast Benedict, roasted scallops and roasted tomato faro risotto. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "50-plus restaurants for Mother’s Day brunch, dinner and deals in Phoenix," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The exterior design is contemporary and recognizable, with a long hood, upswept rear fender and scalloped doors. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Volvo XC40 SUV has wireless phone charging, carryout bag hook," 23 May 2018 In shape, Kingelez’s buildings are variously tiered, towering, serpentine, pinnate, finned, and scalloped. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Utopian Vision of Bodys Isek Kingelez," 4 June 2017 Whether your family demands green bean casserole or scalloped potatoes alongside their turkey, these dishes can be prepped and assembled two whole days before the big event. Hannah Doolin, Country Living, "Here's Exactly When To Cook Every Dish For Thanksgiving Dinner," 16 Nov. 2016 There are light pink striped shorts suits, ruffle tops, and scalloped-waist jeans alongside a paper bag waist jumpsuit and more. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya Debuts New Clothing Line with," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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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, 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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