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.

Primary Meanings of scallop

1.
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edible marine bivalve having a fluted fan-shaped shell that swim by expelling water from the shell in a series of snapping motions
fish for scallops
2.
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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.)
shape or cut in scallops
Full Definitions of scallop
1

n 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
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

n edible muscle of mollusks having fan-shaped shells; served broiled or poached or in salads or cream sauces

Synonyms:
escallop, scollop
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)

n thin slice of meat (especially veal) usually fried or broiled

Synonyms:
cutlet, escallop, scollop
Type of:
piece, slice
a serving that has been cut from a larger portion

v fish for scallops

Synonyms:
scollop
Type of:
fish
catch or try to catch fish or shellfish

v bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top

Synonyms:
escallop
Type of:
cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
prepare for eating by applying heat
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n 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
Type of:
curve, curved shape
the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

v shape or cut in scallops

scallop the hem of the dress”
Synonyms:
scollop
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v form scallops in

scallop the meat”
Synonyms:
scollop
Type of:
core out, hollow, hollow out
remove the interior of

v decorate an edge with scallops

“the dress had a scalloped skirt”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

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