Definition of scallop shell in English:

scallop shell

Syllabification: scal·lop shell


  • 1A single valve from the shell of a scallop.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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