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[e-skol-uh p, e-skal-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bake (food cut into pieces) in a sauce or other liquid, often with crumbs on top; scallop.
  2. to bake (fish, potatoes, etc.) in scallop shells.
  1. scallop.
  2. Heraldry. a representation of a scallop shell, traditionally associated with pilgrimages and crusades.
Also es·cal·op (for defs 1–3).

Origin of escallop

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French escalope, escalipe shell (of a nut, snail, etc.), perhaps < Middle Dutch scelpe, scolpe mollusk shell (Dutch schelp; perhaps akin to scalp)
Related formsun·es·cal·loped, adjective
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Examples from the Web for escallop

Historical Examples

  • St. James the Greater has the escallop shell and staff of the pilgrim.

    The Worship of the Church</p>

    Jacob A. Regester

  • In conjunction with fish we may perhaps consider the Escallop which, as a charge, belongs to the earliest period of Heraldry.

  • But that cockleshell he stamped his shillings with—follow me—it was an escallop, and a mint-mark for that very year of Elizabeth.

    Back o' the Moon

    Oliver Onions

  • Four fusils in fess, each charged with an escallop (Cheney).

  • On the western side are the rose and escallop shell, badges of the Dacres and Nevilles.

British Dictionary definitions for escallop


noun, verb
  1. another word for scallop
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Word Origin and History for escallop

n., v.

late 15c., from Middle French escalope "shell," from a Germanic source (see scallop). For initial e-, see especial.

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