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 Her favorite sea lion is Zoe, a female of about the same age as her, with a dark patch around the eyes and a distinctive scallop shape in her flipper. Nell Lewis; Video By Hazel Pfeifer, CNN, 3 May 2022 The small, counter-service spot serves various poke bowl combinations, such as spicy scallop with corn and seaweed over rice. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Mar. 2022 Maine’s scallop industry has been strong in recent years., 22 Feb. 2022 Loved the scallop potatoes in zucchini and the yellow squash vegetable was done perfectly. cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 In that fancy category: a crab cake taco, tortillas loaded with flaky halibut and, best of all, a seared scallop taco that will ruin you for all other fish tacos. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Later on in the day, a Thanksgiving Dinner will go even further with offerings, with a crispy duck confit or a Stonington scallop. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Over at Phillips Avenue Retro Diner, the menu includes poutine, salads, or the Elvis Waffle (with peanut butter fluff), while Parker’s Bistro is home to upscale dining with Wagyu beef, scallop, and lobster selections. Emily Cappiello, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Oct. 2021 For the special occasion, Kathy went with an elegant black dress featuring a silver scallop embellishment and sheer tulle neckline and long sleeves. Kaitlyn Frey,, 12 Nov. 2021 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., 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, 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, 16 Apr. 2020 Cut with round cookie cutter that has scalloped edge. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 6 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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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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