One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1variant spelling of escalope
2another term for scallop (sense 2 of the noun)
A scallop shell as a charge.
- ‘The full shield for the Elliot name was red within a border of silver upon which were eight blue escallops.’
- ‘About the only tangible connection is the coat of arms (containing the three escallops of the Graham Clan).’
verbescallops, escalloping, escalloped
- another term for scallop (sense 3 of the verb)
- ‘There we enjoyed a glass of excellent Merlot, along with a delicious dish of escalloped fish and potatoes.’
- ‘Such things as macaroni au gratin and escalloped fish can also be baked and served in these dishes, which cost 25 cents each.’
Late 15th century (in escallop (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old French escalope ‘shell’. Compare with escalope and scallop.
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