scallop

A scallop is a kind of saltwater shellfish that swims by opening and closing its shell. Cooked scallops are a popular seafood as well.

The word scallop can actually refer to a few types of mollusks, including some clams and the thorny oyster. In the ocean, scallops are known for swimming extremely fast by moving their valves, or each half of the shell they live inside. You may also encounter scallops on the menu of a seafood restaurant. The curved edge of a scallop shell led to another meaning of scallop, "rounded ornamental edging," like the scallops on a skirt's hem or woodwork.

Definitions of scallop
  1. noun
    edible marine bivalve having a fluted fan-shaped shell that swim by expelling water from the shell in a series of snapping motions
    synonyms: escallop, scollop
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    types:
    Pecten irradians, bay scallop
    a small scallop inhabiting shallow waters and mud flats of the Atlantic coast of North America
    Pecten magellanicus, giant scallop, sea scallop
    a large scallop inhabiting deep waters of the Atlantic coast of North America
    type of:
    bivalve, lamellibranch, pelecypod
    marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
  2. noun
    edible muscle of mollusks having fan-shaped shells; served broiled or poached or in salads or cream sauces
    synonyms: escallop, scollop
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    types:
    sea scallop
    muscle of large deep-water scallops
    bay scallop
    muscle of small choice shallow-water scallops
    type of:
    shellfish
    meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
  3. noun
    thin slice of meat (especially veal) usually fried or broiled
    synonyms: cutlet, escallop, scollop
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    type of:
    piece, slice
    a serving that has been cut from a larger portion
  4. verb
    fish for scallops
    synonyms: scollop
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    type of:
    fish
    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
  5. verb
    bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
    synonyms: escallop
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    type of:
    cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
    prepare for eating by applying heat
  6. noun
    one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)
    synonyms: crenation, crenature, crenel, crenelle
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    type of:
    curve, curved shape
    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
  7. verb
    shape or cut in scallops
    scallop the hem of the dress”
    synonyms: scollop
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    type of:
    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  8. verb
    form scallops in
    scallop the meat”
    synonyms: scollop
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    type of:
    core out, hollow, hollow out
    remove the interior of
  9. verb
    decorate an edge with scallops
    “the dress had a scalloped skirt”
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    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
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