scallop

noun
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

scallop

verb
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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Noun

scallop 2a

In the meaning defined above

Examples of scallop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Toss the scallops, shrimp and squid in about a tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: How to make Bellota’s ‘San Francisco Treat’ Paella," 10 July 2019 To buy: 3/4 pound veal scallops, 1 bag washed, ready-to-eat romaine radicchio leaves, 3/4 pound new or creamer potatoes and 1 small bunch fresh parsley. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Light dish features new potatoes, greens with sauteed veal," 24 June 2019 In addition to limpets and sea cucumbers, the girls tracked down gumboots, rock scallops, urchins, red rock crab, and tiny shrimp. Susan Shain, The Atlantic, "When Your Final Exam Is Surviving the Wilderness," 5 June 2019 Do not miss the patatas bravas, the classic potato dish which here is presented in all its crispy, spicy glory, and the unusual and addictive vieiras (scallops) con guacamole. San Antonio Express-News, "Toro Kitchen + Bar," 8 Mar. 2018 The raw scallops are served with apple and shiso, cool and refreshing. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to," 25 June 2019 The high-quality jumbo scallops didn’t have a proper crust, browned but soft. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 The scallops in sauce maltaise—essentially, a blood-orange hollandaise, featuring more yuzukoshō—were just right on one night and slightly overcooked on another. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Maison Yaki’s Cheeky French-Japanese Fusion," 14 June 2019 Her iterations on schoolgirl and work uniforms are well assembled and easy to wear, with intriguing design details like the asymmetric scallop of a hem or a slight bunching along the breastbone. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 5 Designers to Know From Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2019," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, SFChronicle.com, "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 The exterior design is contemporary and recognizable, with a long hood, upswept rear fender and scalloped doors. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Volvo loads up XC40 compact SUV with nifty features," 8 June 2018 The Spring 2018 collection featured red leather, silk fringe, florals and scalloped details. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton Transformed A Rug Into A Coat For Spring 2018," 27 June 2017 Model ships and colored onion lamps, as well as the valance scalloped like waves that frames the waterfront view, affirm the maritime theme. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018 Tracking a wide range of species — blue shark, tiger shark, shortfin mako, great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, porbeagle, and dusky shark — the researchers sought to visualize all the human infrastructure that sharks must navigate. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Overfishing is decimating sharks. This map shows where they cross paths with fishing boats.," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of scallop

Noun

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

Verb

1682, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for scallop

Noun

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

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scallop

noun

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

scallop

noun
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)

scallop

verb
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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