from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A type of onion with long, pointed, pear-shaped, aggregated bulbs.
  • n. The mild-flavored bulb of this plant, used in cookery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a type of onion of the species Allium ascalonium.
  • n. a type of onion of the species Allium oschaninii.
  • n. any small onion.
  • n. A scallion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small kind of onion (Allium Ascalonicum) growing in clusters, and ready for gathering in spring; a scallion, or eschalot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vegetable of the onion kind, Allium Ascalonicum, native in Syria, and elsewhere cultivated; the seallion or cibol.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small mild-flavored onion-like or garlic-like clustered bulbs used for seasoning
  • n. aggregate bulb of the multiplier onion
  • n. type of onion plant producing small clustered mild-flavored bulbs used as seasoning


Obsolete French eschalotte, from Old French eschaloigne, from Vulgar Latin *escalōnia; see scallion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French échalote, alteration of eschaloigne, from Middle Latin escalonia "onion of Ascalon". (Wiktionary)


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