Definition of scallop shell in US English:

scallop shell

noun

  • 1A single valve from the shell of a scallop.

    • ‘Am now going to forage in cupboards for scallop shells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes one arm is longer, to function as a handle, and rarely the central plate has an unusual shape such as a scallop shell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Patterns of olive leaves, golden scallop shells, and intricate pastel designs ramble over the walls.’
    • ‘It has nothing to do with collops, but requires the oysters to be put into scallop shells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cream colored booths, which bare a vague resemblance to scallop shells, swivel upon command to face the third floor hot line, hard at work.’
    • ‘hold the scallop shell horizontally in your left hand, flat side up, round edge facing you.’
    • ‘The central panel portrays the Baptist flanked by two scallop shells, which allude to his role as the baptizer of Jesus.’
    • ‘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. 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

scallop shell

/ˈskäləp/