One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A single valve from the shell of a scallop.
- ‘hold the scallop shell horizontally in your left hand, flat side up, round edge facing you.’
- ‘Once again, a winged dove (the Holy Spirit) radiating light hovers above as John pours water over Christ from a scallop shell, another symbol of baptism.’
- ‘It has nothing to do with collops, but requires the oysters to be put into scallop shells.’
- ‘In form, the dishes are identical: three scallop shells on small conical feet are attached to a central shaft that is encrusted with tiny molded shells and coral and supports a fluted cup.’
- ‘The figure emerges from a finely carved sea-foam bodice, and her hair is crowned with a tiara adorned with a scallop shell and a small gondola.’
- ‘Patterns of olive leaves, golden scallop shells, and intricate pastel designs ramble over the walls.’
- ‘Cream colored booths, which bare a vague resemblance to scallop shells, swivel upon command to face the third floor hot line, hard at work.’
- ‘The central panel portrays the Baptist flanked by two scallop shells, which allude to his role as the baptizer of Jesus.’
- ‘This one comes from a sand-mud bottom off the South Coast, where a local diver followed a trail of old and empty scallop shells until he hit the fishy equivalent of King Solomon's Mines.’
- ‘The first big-ship nudist cruise of the Mediterranean, on the 17,000-tonne Flamenco, was hailed as the biggest naked event in these waters since Aphrodite appeared in her birthday suit floating on a scallop shell.’
- ‘Sometimes one arm is longer, to function as a handle, and rarely the central plate has an unusual shape such as a scallop shell.’
- ‘Am now going to forage in cupboards for scallop shells.’
- ‘The nautical motif continues in the dolphins surrounding the central plaque and in the cattails and scallop shells on either side of the flanking panels and on the clasp.’
- 1.1historical A representation of a scallop shell worn by a pilgrim as a souvenir of the shrine of St. James at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
- ‘Moving across the earth, close to the ground, in a small band of fellow penitents bearing a pilgrim scallop shell as their talisman, sinners pondered their own life journey, and listened to the tales of others along the way.’
- ‘By his walking stick, scallop shell, and backpack, he is known and respected, greeted and received as a blessing.’
- ‘We shared our pew with a group of friends walking the long and footsore road to Santiago de Compostela, their pilgrim status marked by the scallop shells that swung dangling from their backpacks.’
- ‘The play opens with a man found high in the Pyrenees, carrying a briefcase and with a scallop shell in his pocket, denoting his possible status as a pilgrim on the mediaeval route to Santiago de Compostela.’
scallop shell/ˈskaləp SHel/
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