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scallop    : [sk'æləp]
Scallop \Scal"lop\ (?; 277), n. [OF. escalope a shell, probably
of German or Dutch origin, and akin to E. scale of a fish;
cf. D. schelp shell. See {Scale} of a fish, and cf.
{Escalop}.] [Written also {scollop}.]
1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve
mollusks of the genus Pecten and allied genera of the
family {Pectinidae}. The shell is usually radially ribbed,
and the edge is therefore often undulated in a
characteristic manner. The large adductor muscle of some
the species is much used as food. One species ({Vola
Jacobaeus}) occurs on the coast of Palestine, and its
shell was formerly worn by pilgrims as a mark that they
had been to the Holy Land. Called also {fan shell}. See
{Pecten}, 2.
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Note: The common edible scallop of the Eastern United States
is {Pecten irradians}; the large sea scallop, also used
as food, is {Pecten Clintonius} syn. {Pecten
tenuicostatus}.
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2. One of series of segments of circles joined at their
extremities, forming a border like the edge or surface of
a scallop shell.
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3. One of the shells of a scallop; also, a dish resembling a
scallop shell.
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Scallop \Scal"lop\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scalloped}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Scalloping}.]
1. To mark or cut the edge or border of into segments of
circles, like the edge or surface of a scallop shell. See
{Scallop}, n., 2.
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2. (Cookery) To bake in scallop shells or dishes; to prepare
with crumbs of bread or cracker, and bake. See {Scalloped
oysters}, below.
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scallop
n 1: 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.) [synonym: {scallop}, {crenation}, {crenature}, {crenel},
{crenelle}]
2: edible muscle of mollusks having fan-shaped shells; served
broiled or poached or in salads or cream sauces [synonym:
{scallop}, {scollop}, {escallop}]
3: thin slice of meat (especially veal) usually fried or broiled
[synonym: {cutlet}, {scallop}, {scollop}, {escallop}]
4: edible marine bivalve having a fluted fan-shaped shell that
swim by expelling water from the shell in a series of
snapping motions [synonym: {scallop}, {scollop}, {escallop}]
v 1: decorate an edge with scallops; "the dress had a scalloped
skirt"
2: bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
[synonym: {scallop}, {escallop}]
3: form scallops in; "scallop the meat" [synonym: {scallop},
{scollop}]
4: fish for scallops [synonym: {scallop}, {scollop}]
5: shape or cut in scallops; "scallop the hem of the dress"
[synonym: {scallop}, {scollop}]

135 Moby Thesaurus words for "scallop":
Dungeness crab, Japanese crab, Vandyke, Vandyke edge,
armadillo shell, bake, barbecue, baste, blanch, blaze, blue point,
boil, braise, brew, broil, brown, chiton, chop, clam, clam shell,
cockleshell, cockscomb, cocoa shell, coddle, conch, contort, cook,
coquillage, corkscrew, cowrie, crab, crawdad, crawfish, crayfish,
crenation, crenelation, crenellate, crenulate, crenulation, crest,
crimp, crinkle, curry, cut, deckle edge, denticulation, dentil,
dentil band, devil, do, do to perfection, dogtooth, eggshell, fire,
fricassee, frizz, frizzle, fry, gash, griddle, grill, heat, incise,
indent, intort, jag, knurl, langouste, limpet, littleneck clam,
lobster, machicolate, meander, mill, mussel, nick, notch, notching,
nutshell, oven-bake, oyster, oyster shell, pan, pan-broil, parboil,
periwinkle, picot, pink, poach, prawn, prepare, prepare food,
quahog, rickrack, roast, saute, saw, saw teeth, scarify, score,
scotch, screw, sea shell, sear, serpentine, serrate, serration,
shellfish, shirr, shrimp, simmer, slash, slink, snail, snake,
soft-shell crab, steam, steamer, stew, stir-fry, swirl, toast,
tooth, turn, twine, twirl, twist, twist and turn, whelk, whirl,
whorl, wind, winkle, worm, wring



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