[ e-skol-uh p, e-skal- ]
/ ɛˈskɒl əp, ɛˈskæl- /

verb (used with object)

to bake (food cut into pieces) in a sauce or other liquid, often with crumbs on top; scallop.
to bake (fish, potatoes, etc.) in scallop shells.


Heraldry. a representation of a scallop shell, traditionally associated with pilgrimages and crusades.

Nearby words

  1. escalation,
  2. escalator,
  3. escalator clause,
  4. escalatory,
  5. escallonia,
  6. escalope,
  7. escambia,
  8. escanaba,
  9. escapade,
  10. escape

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for escallop


/ (ɛˈskɒləp, ɛˈskæl-) /

noun, verb

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper