[skol-uh-ping, skal-]

1790–1800; scallop + -ing1 Unabridged


[skol-uhp, skal-]
any of the bivalve mollusks of the genus Argopecten (Pecten ) and related genera that swim by rapidly clapping the fluted shell valves together.
the adductor muscle of certain species of such mollusks, used as food.
one of the shells of such a mollusk, usually having radial ribs and a wavy outer edge.
a scallop shell or a dish in which food, especially seafood, is baked and served.
Cookery. a thin slice of meat, usually further flattened by pounding with a mallet or other implement.
any of a series of curved projections cut along the edge, as of a fabric.
verb (used with object)
to finish (an edge) with scallops.
Cookery. to escallop.
verb (used without object)
to dredge for scallops.
Also, scollop.

1350–1400; Middle English scalop, aphetic variant of escal(l)op escallop; sense “thin slice of meat” probably by association with French escalope escalope

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scallop (ˈskɒləp, ˈskæl-)
1.  See also pecten any of various marine bivalves of the family Pectinidae, having a fluted fan-shaped shell: includes free-swimming species (genus Pecten) and species attached to a substratum (genus Chlamys)
2.  the edible adductor muscle of certain of these molluscs
3.  either of the shell valves of any of these molluscs
4.  a scallop shell or similarly shaped dish, in which fish, esp shellfish, is cooked and served
5.  one of a series of curves along an edge, esp an edge of cloth
6.  the shape of a scallop shell used as the badge of a pilgrim, esp in the Middle Ages
7.  chiefly (Austral) a potato cake fried in batter
8.  (tr) to decorate (an edge) with scallops
9.  to bake (food) in a scallop shell or similar dish
10.  (intr) to collect scallops
[C14: from Old French escalope shell, of Germanic origin; see scalp]

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Word Origin & History

"bivalve mollusk," 1401, from O.Fr. escalope "shell," variant of eschalope, probably from a Gmc. source (cf. O.N. skalpr "sheath," M.Du. schelpe "shell"); see scale (n.1). Extended 17c. to objects shaped like scallop shells, especially in design and dress. The verb in the
cookery sense, "to bake in a scallop shell-shaped pan," is attested from 1737.
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Medical Dictionary

scalloping scal·lop·ing (skŏl'ə-pĭng, skāl'-)
A series of indentations or erosions on a normally smooth margin of a structure.

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Example sentences
Made entirely by hand, it is embellished with hand-knit scalloping at the cuffs and hem, and hand-painted ceramic buttons.
They feed along the edges of leaves, which results in severe scalloping of foliage.
But in both areas scalloping has profoundly damaged the ocean's delicate ecosystem.
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