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[skal-yuh n] /ˈskæl yən/
any onion that does not form a large bulb; green onion.
a shallot.
a leek.
Origin of scallion
late Middle English
1300-50; late Middle English scalyon(e) < Old French *escaloigne < Vulgar Latin *escalonia, variant of Latin Ascalōnia (caepa) onion of Ascalon, a seaport of Palestine; replacing Middle English scalone, scaloun < Anglo-French scaloun < Vulgar Latin, as above Unabridged
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  • In large salad bowl, combine greens, scallion, and radish; dress with remaining vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper, toss.

    Fresh Picks Alfred Portale August 30, 2011
British Dictionary definitions for scallion


any of various onions or similar plants, such as the spring onion, that have a small bulb and long leaves and are eaten in salads Also called green onion
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French scalun, from Latin Ascalōnia (caepa) Ascalonian (onion), from Ascalo Ascalon, a Palestinian port
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Word Origin and History for scallion

late 14c., scalun "kind of onion," also "thing of little value," from Anglo-French escalone, Old North French escalogne, or Old French eschaloigne, all from Vulgar Latin *escalonia, from Latin (cæpa) Ascalonia "(onion) from Ascalon," seaport in southwestern Levant (modern Ashkelon in Israel). Cognate with shallot.

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