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[skal-yuh n] /ˈskæl yən/
any onion that does not form a large bulb; green onion.
a shallot.
a leek.
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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Examples from the web for scallions
  • Sprinkle each serving of pulled pork with sesame seeds and scallions before serving.
  • Ramps are an acquired taste: the flavor has been described as similar to leeks, scallions or garlic.
  • In a large bowl, combine the scallions with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Simply scatter chopped scallions over the top and perhaps some sliced jalapeño and serve with fragrant jasmine rice.
  • However, they were usually smeared with chopped scallions or smashed garlic.
  • Awesome with cilantro and scallions, and better with tomatoes.
British Dictionary definitions for scallions


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 scallions



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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