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[kol-uh p] /ˈkɒl əp/
a small slice of meat, especially a small rasher of bacon.
a small slice, portion, or piece of anything.
a fold or roll of flesh on the body.
Origin of collop
1350-1400; Middle English collop(pe), colhoppe, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Swedish kolhuppadher roasted on coals, Swedish kalops, dial. kollops dish of stewed meat Unabridged
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  • Wherever grass grows there will a Kerry calf or "collop" be found.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
  • But now you go into the parlour, dear, while I do your collop.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • He knew him when he began with a collop of sheep as his property in the world.

  • Then came a very strange dish: it was a collop cut from a living fish wriggling on the sideboard.

  • Miss collop arrived last night,” I smiled, “and the Princess has a thirst for the inédit.

    The Death of the Lion Henry James
  • Yesterday it was plotted trout in the morning and tunnag's eggs; dinner was a collop off a fat hind.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • The auldest o' them said to her mither: "Mither, bake me a bannock, and roast me a collop, for I'm gaun awa' to seek my fortune."

  • The third dochter says to her mither: "Mither, bake me a bannock, and roast me a collop, for I'm gaun awa' to seek my fortune."

  • collop, her captain, made a gesture with his arms and the Blue tackles dropped back a little.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • Riding onward from El Gallo, Mr. Ruxton turned aside from the regular route to kill an antelope and broil a collop for breakfast.

    Some Heroes of Travel W. H. Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for collop


noun (dialect)
a slice of meat
a small piece of anything
Word Origin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish kalops meat stew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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