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


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

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Seafood: There’s an ocean full of fresh, chilled and frozen fish listed, including bass, swordfish, lobster, tilapia, tuna, sardines, caviar, crabs, crabmeat, eel, oysters, scallops, shrimp and fish sticks. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 The fish stew, with halibut, scallops, clams, and prawns, is a slightly gussied-up if standard hearty casserole. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Jean-Georges’s Revisionist Tweaks at the Fulton," 19 July 2019 For example, seafood dishes are usually paired with white wines, but the bistro’s Maine diver scallops is served with an earthy black truffle risotto so it can be paired with both white and red wines. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paon tasting room now a wine bistro and piano bar," 18 July 2019 When hot, sear the asparagus, scallops, shrimp and squid, placing a small weight (such as a plate) on top, until a nice golden crust forms, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: How to make Bellota’s ‘San Francisco Treat’ Paella," 10 July 2019 There’s more: octopus roasted with artichokes and Taggiasca olives, Adriatic prawns, and scallops and sea bass on mashed potatoes with juniper drops. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 The overall course progression remains about the same today, starting with prawns and grapefruit wrapped in bitter betel leaf or diver scallops and coconut cream cradled in a crispy rice cup that collapses on the tongue. Michael Russell,, "Langbaan serves Thai-inspired tasting menus in a hidden room behind Portland’s PaaDee (2019 review)," 1 Aug. 2019 American scallops were worth $532.9 million at the docks last year. Washington Post, "America’s got scallops: Catch is up, consumers shelling out," 21 July 2019 Our scallops were firm and buttery, the sole, flaky with a subtle lemon finish. Los Angeles Times, "Scotland a foodie haven? ’Tis true. And so is this: Haggis is kind of great," 20 July 2019

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This room also has cast stone fireplace, scalloped detailed coffered ceiling, and French door access to a private courtyard. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: This spacious, gracious Monte Sereno estate ensures a tranquil lifestyle close to Los Gatos," 30 July 2019 This room also has cast stone fireplace, scalloped detailed coffered ceiling, and French door access to a private courtyard. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A masterfully crafted Mediterranean-style estate in Monte Sereno," 24 July 2019 Meteorites are dark and often scalloped, feeling heavier than a normal rock. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fireball spotted in the skies over Ontario and Quebec could have dropped meteorites," 24 July 2019 Next up was the annual Chopard party that night: Priyanka wore a lavender scalloped Fendi couture dress with a pair of structured white heels by Fendi, too. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Coordinating Cannes Outfits Deserve Their Own Award," 19 May 2019 This midi dress features an adorable scalloped hem and sleeves, as well as a very nautical color blocking that’s absolutely eye-catching. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "The best summer office dresses under $100," 5 July 2019 Erosion and rock slides there created Victoria’s distinctive scalloped rim. Staff, Discover Magazine, "Opportunity's Finest Moments on Mars," 13 Feb. 2019 Eyes are on the action: When the arena was redone in 1996-97, the extra seating sealed off a sublime aspect of the original Skidmore design — a seating dish that scalloped down on two sides to pull in views of the outside world. John King,, "A look at why pro basketball and Oracle Arena were a perfect fit," 7 June 2019 Complete with a blue scalloped roof and full mini kitchen, this ain't your average playtime spot. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Over-the-Top Family Playhouse Is Surprisingly Affordable," 6 Apr. 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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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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