Definition of scallion in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskalyən/


chiefly North American
A long-necked onion with a small bulb, in particular a shallot or green onion.
  • A common scallion is Allium fistulosum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae).
Example sentences
  • Unlike their larger bulb cousins, green onions, scallions and leeks should be refrigerated.
  • Add the onion, shallot, scallions, fennel, ginger, and garlic and gently sauté until tender, making sure not to brown.
  • Cucumbers go well with buttermilk, dill, mint, salmon, tarragon, scallions, onions, tomatoes, sour cream and yogurt.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French scaloun, based on Latin Ascalonia (caepa) '(onion) of Ascalon', a port in ancient Palestine.

Words that rhyme with scallion

battalion, galleon, medallion, rapscallion

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Syllabification: scal·lion

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