[ skal-yuh n ]
/ ˈskæl yən /


any onion that does not form a large bulb; green onion.
a shallot.
a leek.

Origin of scallion

1300–50; late Middle English scalyon(e) < Old French *escaloigne < Vulgar Latin *escalonia, variant of Latin Ascalōnia (caepa) onion of Ascalon, a seaport of Palestine; replacing Middle English scalone, scaloun < Anglo-French scaloun < Vulgar Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scallion

  • In large salad bowl, combine greens, scallion, and radish; dress with remaining vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper, toss.

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British Dictionary definitions for scallion


/ (ˈskæljən) /


any of various onions or similar plants, such as the spring onion, that have a small bulb and long leaves and are eaten in saladsAlso called: green onion

Word Origin for scallion

C14: from Anglo-French scalun, from Latin Ascalōnia (caepa) Ascalonian (onion), from Ascalo Ascalon, a Palestinian port
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