Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) edible marine bivalve having a fluted fan-shaped shell that swim by expelling water from the shell in a series of snapping motions
  2. (noun, food) thin slice of meat (especially veal) usually fried or broiled
  3. (noun, food) edible muscle of mollusks having fan-shaped shells; served broiled or poached or in salads or cream sauces
  4. (noun, shape) one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)
  5. (verb, change) shape or cut in scallops
  6. (verb, competition) fish for scallops
  7. (verb, contact) form scallops in
  8. (verb, creation) bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
  9. (verb, creation) decorate an edge with scallops

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Scallop

  1. "bivalve mollusk," 1401, from O.Fr. escalope "shell," variant of eschalope, probably from a Gmc. source (cf. O.N. skalpr "sheath," M.Du. schelpe "shell"); see scale (n.1). Extended 17c. to objects shaped like scallop shells, especially in design and dress. The verb in the cookery sense, "to bake in a scallop shell-shaped pan," is attested from 1737. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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