Definition of scallop shell in English:

Share this entry

scallop shell

Pronunciation: /ˈskäləp/ Pronunciation: /ˈskaləp SHel/


Image of scallop shell
1A single valve from the shell of a scallop.
Example sentences
  • Once again, a winged dove (the Holy Spirit) radiating light hovers above as John pours water over Christ from a scallop shell, another symbol of baptism.
  • hold the scallop shell horizontally in your left hand, flat side up, round edge facing you.
  • The first big-ship nudist cruise of the Mediterranean, on the 17,000-tonne Flamenco, was hailed as the biggest naked event in these waters since Aphrodite appeared in her birthday suit floating on a scallop shell.
1.1 historical A representation of a scallop shell worn by a pilgrim as a souvenir of the shrine of St. James at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Example sentences
  • Moving across the earth, close to the ground, in a small band of fellow penitents bearing a pilgrim scallop shell as their talisman, sinners pondered their own life journey, and listened to the tales of others along the way.
  • We shared our pew with a group of friends walking the long and footsore road to Santiago de Compostela, their pilgrim status marked by the scallop shells that swung dangling from their backpacks.
  • The play opens with a man found high in the Pyrenees, carrying a briefcase and with a scallop shell in his pocket, denoting his possible status as a pilgrim on the mediaeval route to Santiago de Compostela.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: scal·lop shell

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.