coquilles st jacques

coquilles St. Jacques

[koh-keel san zhak, zhahk; French koh-kee-yuh san zhak]
noun French Cookery.
an appetizer of minced scallops in a wine and cream sauce topped with grated cheese and browned under a broiler: usually served in scallop shells.

< French: scallops, literally, St. James shells, after the scallop shells worn as badges by pilgrims to shrines of St. James; see coquille Unabridged
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