A bowl of raw scallops.
- The definition of a scallop is a mollusk in the bivalve family Pectinidae, or an ornamental curve.
- An example of a scallop is a food that comes on a seafood combination platter.
- An example of a scallop is a curved design on the edge of a tablecloth.
- Scallop is defined as to gather scallops, or to create a curved design, or to bake a food in a creamy sauce until it is brown.
- An example of scallop is to use a net to catch scallops.
- An example of scallop is to carve a carved design into a treasure chest.
- An example of scallop is to make sliced potatoes in a mushroom sauce.
- any of a family (Pectinidae) of bivalves with two deeply grooved, convex shells and an earlike wing on each side of the hinge, that swims by rapidly snapping its shells together to expel water in a jetlike manner
- the edible large adductor muscle of such a mollusk
- the single shell of such a mollusk; specif.,
- one worn formerly as a badge by pilgrims returning from the Holy Land
- one, or a dish shaped like one, in which fish or other food is baked and served
- any of a series of curves, circle segments, projections, etc. forming an ornamental edge on cloth, lace, etc.
Origin of scallopMiddle English scalop ; from Old French escalope ; from escale: see scale
- to cut the edge or border of in scallops
- to bake until brown, as in a casserole, usually with a creamy sauce and a topping of bread crumbs
- a. Any of various marine bivalve mollusks of the family Pectinidae, having fan-shaped shells with a radiating fluted pattern.b. The edible adductor muscle of a scallop.c. A shell of a scallop, or a dish in a similar shape, used for baking and serving seafood.
- One of a series of curved projections forming an ornamental border.
- See escalope.
verbscal·loped, scal·lop·ing, scal·lops also scol·loped or scol·lop·ing or scol·lops
- To edge (cloth, for example) with a series of curved projections.
- To bake in a casserole with milk or a sauce and often with bread crumbs: scalloped potatoes.
- To cut (meat) into thin boneless slices.
Origin of scallopMiddle English scalop, from Old French escalope, shell, perhaps of Germanic origin (akin to Dutch schelp, seashell), or from Old French escale, scale; see scale1 + Old French (envel)ope, enveloping cover (from enveloper, to envelop; see envelop).
To specify bivalves, rather than fillets of meat or potatoes, sea scallop and similar terms may be used instead. This is particularly done when several of these are used, such as in cookbooks and in parts of Australia.
(third-person singular simple present scallops, present participle scalloping, simple past and past participle scalloped)
From Old French escalope (“shell").