noun Etymology: Middle English scaloun, from Anglo-French scalun, escaloin, from Vulgar Latin *escalonia, from Latin ascalonia (caepa) onion of Ascalon, from feminine of ascalonius of Ascalon, from Ascalon-, Ascalo Ascalon, seaport in southern Palestine Date: 14th century 1. shallot 2. leek 3. an onion forming a thick basal portion without a bulb; also green onion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(Allium ascalonicum)

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  • Scallion — Scal lion, n. [OF. escalone, eschaloingne, L. caepa Ascalonia onion of Ascalon; caepa onion + Ascalonius of Ascalon, fr. Ascalo Ascalon, a town in Palestine. Cf. {Shallot}.] 1. (Bot.) A kind of small onion ({Allium Ascalonicum}), native of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scallion — (n.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. escalone, O.N.Fr. escalogne, or O.Fr. eschaloigne, all from V.L. *escalonia, from L. (cæpa) Ascalonia (onion) from Ascalon, seaport in southwestern Levant (modern Ashkelon). Cognate with SHALLOT (Cf. shallot) …   Etymology dictionary

  • scallion — ► NOUN ▪ a long necked onion with a small bulb, in particular a shallot or spring onion. ORIGIN Old French scaloun, from Latin Ascalonia caepa onion of Ascalon , a port in ancient Palestine …   English terms dictionary

  • scallion — [skal′yən] n. [ME scalon < NormFr escalogne (for OFr eschaloigne) < VL * escalonia < L ( caepa) Ascalonia, (onion of) Ascalon (a city in Philistia)] any of various onions or onionlike plants, as the shallot, green onion, or leek …   English World dictionary

  • Scallion — Green onions redirects here. For other uses, see Green onion. A scallion, also commonly known as spring onion, green onion or salad onion, is associated with various members of the genus Allium that lack a fully developed bulb. They tend to be… …   Wikipedia

  • scallion — UK [ˈskæljən] / US noun [countable] Word forms scallion : singular scallion plural scallions American a spring onion …   English dictionary

  • scallion — [[t]skæ̱ljən[/t]] scallions N COUNT A scallion is a small onion with long green leaves. [AM] (in BRIT, use spring onion) …   English dictionary

  • scallion — /skal yeuhn/, n. 1. any onion that does not form a large bulb; green onion. 2. a shallot. 3. a leek. [1300 50; late ME scalyon(e) < OF *escaloigne < VL *escalonia, var. of L Ascalonia (caepa) onion of Ascalon, a seaport of Palestine; r. ME… …   Universalium

  • scallion — noun /ˈskælɪən/ a) A spring onion, Allium fistulosum. b) Any of various similar members of the genus Allium Syn: spring onion …   Wiktionary

  • scallion — I Everyday English Slang in Ireland n spring onion …   English dialects glossary

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