[ skol-uh p, skal- ]
/ ˈskɒl əp, ˈskæl- /


verb (used with object)

to finish (an edge) with scallops.
Cookery. to escallop.

verb (used without object)

to dredge for scallops.

Nearby words

  1. scaling ladder,
  2. scall,
  3. scallawag,
  4. scalled,
  5. scallion,
  6. scalloped,
  7. scalloper,
  8. scalloping,
  9. scally,
  10. scallywag

Also scollop.

Origin of scallop

1350–1400; Middle English scalop, aphetic variant of escal(l)op escallop; sense “thin slice of meat” probably by association with French escalope escalope

Related formsun·scal·loped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scallop


/ (ˈskɒləp, ˈskæl-) /



Derived Formsscalloper, nounscalloping, noun

Word Origin for scallop

C14: from Old French escalope shell, of Germanic origin; see scalp

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Word Origin and History for scallop



"bivalve mollusk," c.1400, from Old French escalope "shell (of a nut), carpace," variant of eschalope, probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old Norse skalpr "sheath," Middle Dutch schelpe "shell"); see scale (n.1). The shells of the larger species have been used as domestic utensils. Extended 17c. to objects shaped like scallop shells, especially in design and dress. The verb in the cookery sense, "to bake with sauce in a scallop shell-shaped pan," is attested from 1737. Related: Scalloped; scalloping.

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