Definition of scallop in English:

scallop

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Pronunciation: /ˈskɒləp
 
, ˈskaləp
 
/

noun

  • 1An edible bivalve mollusc with a ribbed fan-shaped shell. Scallops swim by rapidly opening and closing the shell valves.
    • Family Pectinidae: Chlamys, Pecten, and other genera
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    • Remove the scallops from their shells by gently scraping and prising them away with a blunt knife, leaving on the roe (alternatively, ask your fishmonger to do this for you).
    • Remove the scallops from their shells and discard the ‘skirts’, leaving only the white meat and orange roe.
    • For the scallops: remove from shell, clean and cut in half lengthways.
  • 1.1 short for scallop shell.
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    • Here the interior is inlaid with millions of beautiful shells, scallops, paloudres, clams, periwinkles, mussels, oysters and rogans.
  • 1.2A small pan or dish shaped like a scallop shell and used for baking or serving food.
  • 2 (usually scallops) Each of a series of convex rounded projections forming an ornamental edging cut in material or worked in lace or knitting in imitation of the edge of a scallop shell: an intricate design of vees and scallops [as modifier]: the tablecloth has a scallop edge
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    • European axes at the most might have wide scallops filed on the edge of the blade plate on the inside or bottom of the beard, and that is not common.
    • Place the scallop pattern along the foldline and transfer the scallops to the fabric.
    • A white drawing on black paper depicts from various angles a school of the menacing fairy-tale creatures, variously ornamented with stripes, scallops and spikes.

verb (scallops, scalloping, scalloped)

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  • 1 [with object] (usually as adjective scalloped) Ornament (an edge or material) with scallops: a scalloped V-shaped neckline
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    • It does not rest on the stone table: the foremost scalloped edge of the platform dips below the straight edge of the table, and the base of the platform is not rendered visible.
    • Remove the top of a one-quart jug and then scallop the edge with scissors.
    • I chose to put sand colored scalloped concrete border edgers against the outside pool edge and now only the lip shows on top.
  • 1.1Cut, shape, or arrange in the form of a scallop shell: he leaned against the scalloped seat of the limousine
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    • The distinctive shape, with prominently scalloped rim, recalls contemporary European silver forms, specifically bleeding, or barber's bowls.
    • He sat down on the edge of a flame duct scalloped out of the concrete pad, feeling the sun-heated wall against his calves as his legs dangled, the chain scraping between them.
    • A scalloped, cloverleaf shape lends plenty of character to this Charlestown Square table (above left) from Broyhill.
  • 2 [no object] (usually as noun scalloping) North American Gather or dredge for scallops: in fall and early winter they went scalloping
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    • And in the unlikely event that you get bored with counting portholes, you can always go scalloping - the seabed is alive with them!
  • 3 [with object] Bake with milk or a sauce: (as adjective scalloped) scalloped potatoes
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    • ‘They should be glad I am not writing about the food,’ smiled Miller after sampling the herb-encrusted halibut with fennel sauce, scalloped potatoes and asparagus.
    • However, the side of scalloped potatoes was creamy and excellent and there was a generous portion of steamed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, beans, shredded carrots, peas) that made it feel like a holiday dinner.
    • ‘Took you long enough,’ she muttered and handed him a bowl of scalloped potatoes.

Derivatives

scalloper

noun
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  • We learned from Will and his colleagues about the Center's efforts at CBM involving scientific research, as well as its cooperative work with clammers and scallopers.
  • In the fishery, scallopers report they're seeing more spat than ever.
  • Regulations like the one for scallopers have become increasingly common in recent decades.

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French escalope, probably of Germanic origin. The verb dates from the mid 18th century.

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