shallot

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noun shal·lot \shə-ˈlät also ˈsha-lət\

Definition of shallot

  1. 1 :  a bulbous perennial onion (Allium cepa aggregatum) that produces small clustered bulbs which resemble those of garlic and are used in seasoning; also :  its bulb

  2. 2 :  green onion

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Origin and Etymology of shallot

modification of French échalote, from Middle French eschalotte, alteration of eschaloigne, from Vulgar Latin *escalonia — more at scallion


First Known Use: 1664


SHALLOT Defined for English Language Learners

shallot

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Definition of shallot for English Language Learners

  • : a small type of onion that is used in cooking



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