scallop

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, especially in design and dress. The verb in the cookery sense, "to bake in a scallop shell-shaped pan," is attested from 1737. Related: Scalloped; scalloping.

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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 — 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 — One of a series of circular curves or projections along an edge …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • 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 — 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)… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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