scallion definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English scalon ; from Norman French escalogne (for Old French eschaloigne) ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form escalonia ; from Classical Latin (caepa) Ascalonia, (onion of) Ascalon (a city in Philistia)
scallion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A young onion before the development of the bulb.
- Any of several onionlike plants, such as the leek or shallot.
Origin: Middle English scaloun, from Anglo-Norman scalun, from Vulgar Latin *escalōnia, alteration of Latin (caepa) Ascalōnia, Ascalonian (onion), shallot, feminine of Ascalōnius, Ascalonian, from Ascalō, Ascalōn-, Ascalon (Ashkelon), an ancient city of southwest Palestine, from Hebrew ašqəlôn; see īql in Semitic roots.