Scallion meaning

skălyən
Any of several onionlike plants, such as a shallot.
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A bunching onion or a young onion harvested before the bulb develops.
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Any of various onions or onionlike plants, as the shallot, green onion, or leek.
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(now chiefly US) A spring onion, Allium fistulosum.
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(now chiefly US) Any of various similar members of the genus Allium.
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Any onion that lacks a fully developed bulb.
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(US, Scotland) A leek.
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Origin of scallion

  • 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 ṯql in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman scalun (cognate with Old French escalogne), from a Proto-Romance derivation of Latin Ascalonius (in caepa (“onion") Ascalonius, "shallot"), from Ascalo (“Ascalon"), from Ancient Greek Ἀσκάλων (Askalon, “Ascalon, an ancient Palestinian port"), from Phoenician [script?]

    From Wiktionary