coquilles St. Jacques

[koh-keel san zhak, zhahk; French koh-kee-yuh san zhak]

noun French Cookery.

an appetizer of minced scallops in a wine and cream sauce topped with grated cheese and browned under a broiler: usually served in scallop shells.

Origin of coquilles St. Jacques

< French: scallops, literally, St. James shells, after the scallop shells worn as badges by pilgrims to shrines of St. James; see coquille Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019