scallop

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noun

scal·​lop ˈskä-ləp How to pronounce scallop (audio)
ˈska-,
ˈskȯ- How to pronounce scallop (audio)
variants or less commonly scollop
ˈskä- How to pronounce scallop (audio)
ˈskȯ-
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
5
[French escalope, probably from Middle French, shell] : a thin slice of boneless meat or fish
veal scallops

called also escalope

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scallop

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verb

variants or less commonly scollop
scalloped also scolloped; scalloping also scolloping; scallops also scollops

transitive verb

1
a
: 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

Examples of scallop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
One of the easiest ways to incorporate scallops into your home is on your kitchen table. Claire Hoppe, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 July 2024 But there are plenty of seafood offerings on the menu as well, including Chilean sea bass, Diver scallops, sauteed tiger prawns and black mussels with chorizo. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 18 June 2024
Verb
Designed with a scoop neckline and scalloped hem, the dress is made from a fabric blend that is soft and gives the right amount of stretch, according to shoppers. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 6 July 2024 The fish selection includes a number of decadent belly cuts — from salmon and yellowtail — as well as ikura and Hokkaido scallops. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for scallop 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1682, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of scallop was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scallop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scallop. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

scallop

1 of 2 noun
scal·​lop ˈskäl-əp How to pronounce scallop (audio) ˈskal- How to pronounce scallop (audio)
1
a
: any of a family of marine mollusks with a two-part ribbed shell
b
: a muscle of the scallop used for food
2
: one of the two parts of a scallop shell
3
: one of a continuous series of rounded half-circles forming a border (as on lace)

scallop

2 of 2 verb
1
: to bake in a sauce usually covered with seasoned bread or cracker crumbs
scalloped potatoes
2
: to shape, cut, or make an edge in scallops

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