fan shell
Scallop Scal"lop (?; 277), n. [OF. escalope a shell, probably of German or Dutch origin, and akin to E. scale of a fish; cf. D. schelp shell. See {Scale} of a fish, and cf. {Escalop}.] [Written also {scollop}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Pecten and allied genera of the family {Pectinid[ae]}. The shell is usually radially ribbed, and the edge is therefore often undulated in a characteristic manner. The large adductor muscle of some the species is much used as food. One species ({Vola Jacob[ae]us}) occurs on the coast of Palestine, and its shell was formerly worn by pilgrims as a mark that they had been to the Holy Land. Called also {fan shell}. See {Pecten}, 2. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common edible scallop of the Eastern United States is {Pecten irradians}; the large sea scallop, also used as food, is {Pecten Clintonius} syn. {Pecten tenuicostatus}. [1913 Webster]

2. One of series of segments of circles joined at their extremities, forming a border like the edge or surface of a scallop shell. [1913 Webster]

3. One of the shells of a scallop; also, a dish resembling a scallop shell. [1913 Webster]


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  • Fan shell — Fan Fan (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fan shell — noun 1. : a scallop or its shell 2. : pen shell …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dwarf fan shell — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class: Bivalvia …   Wikipedia

  • Fan — (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad surface; as:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fan blower — Fan Fan (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fan cricket — Fan Fan (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fan light — Fan Fan (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fan tracery — Fan Fan (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fan vaulting — Fan Fan (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fan wheel — Fan Fan (f[a^]n), n. [AS. fann, fr. L. vannus fan, van for winnowing grain; cf. F. van. Cf. {Van} a winnowing machine, {Winnow}.] 1. An instrument used for producing artificial currents of air, by the wafting or revolving motion of a broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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