any of various onions or onionlike plants, as the shallot, green onion, or leek
Origin of scallionMiddle 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)
- A bunching onion or a young onion harvested before the bulb develops. Also called green onion.
- Any of several onionlike plants, such as a shallot.
Origin of scallionMiddle English scaloun, from Anglo-Norman scalun, from Vulgar Latin *escal&omacron;nia, alteration of Latin (caepa) Ascal&omacron;nia, Ascalonian (onion), shallot, feminine of Ascal&omacron;nius, Ascalonian, from Ascal&omacron;, Ascal&omacron;n-, Ascalon (Ashkelon), an ancient city of southwest Palestine, from Hebrew ’ašq&schwa;lôn; see &tlowmac;ql in Semitic roots.