scallop
I. noun also scollop Etymology: Middle English scalop, from Anglo-French escalope shell, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch schelpe shell Date: 15th century 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. pattypan 5. [French escalope, probably from Middle French, shell] a thin slice of boneless meat or fish <
veal scallops
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— called also escalope II. verb also scollop Date: 1682 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

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  • Scallop — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scallop — Scal lop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scalloped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scalloping}.] 1. To mark or cut the edge or border of into segments of circles, like the edge or surface of a scallop shell. See {Scallop}, n., 2. [1913 Webster] 2. (Cookery) To bake in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scallop — (n.) bivalve mollusk, c.1400, from O.Fr. escalope shell, variant of eschalope, probably from a Germanic source (Cf. O.N. skalpr sheath, M.Du. schelpe shell ); see SCALE (Cf. scale) (n.1). Extended 17c. to objects shaped like scallop shells,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • scallop — pronounced skol ǝp, is the preferred spelling for the name of the mollusc, not scollop. The verb (meaning e.g. ‘to decorate with scallop designs’) has inflected forms scalloped, scalloping …   Modern English usage

  • scallop — ► NOUN 1) an edible bivalve mollusc with a ribbed fan shaped shell. 2) each of a series of small curves resembling the edge of a scallop shell, forming a decorative edging. ► VERB (scalloped, scalloping) 1) (scalloped) decorated with scallops. 2) …   English terms dictionary

  • scallop — [skäl′əp, skal′əp] n. [ME scalop < OFr escalope < escale: see SCALE2] 1. any of a family (Pectinidae) of bivalves with two deeply grooved, convex shells and an earlike wing on each side of the hinge, that swims by rapidly snapping its… …   English World dictionary

  • scallop — /skol euhp, skal /, n. 1. any of the bivalve mollusks of the genus Argopecten (Pecten) and related genera that swim by rapidly clapping the fluted shell valves together. 2. the adductor muscle of certain species of such mollusks, used as food. 3 …   Universalium

  • scallop — n. & v. (also scollop) 1 any of various bivalve molluscs of the family Pectinidae, esp. of the genus Chlamys or Pecten, much prized as food. 2 (in full scallop shell) a a single valve from the shell of a scallop, with grooves and ridges radiating …   Useful english dictionary

  • scallop — UK [ˈskɒləp] / UK [ˈskæləp] / US / US [ˈskɑləp] noun Word forms scallop : singular scallop plural scallops 1) a) [countable] a shellfish with two shells that fit together b) [uncountable] a scallop eaten as food 2) [countable, usually plural] one …   English dictionary

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