from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scallop, or the shell or valve of one. The scallop-shell was the badge of a pilgrim. Compare cockle-shell.
  • n. A British geometrid moth, Eucosmia undulata.


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  • First you sense that the curved building-forms echo the scallop-shell symbol of St. James Santiago and the city.

    A Gleaming Vision on the Hill

  • Then sometimes you want to whisper it, like this: “Give me my scallop-shell of quiet.”


  • It's in an art deco style, with silver and black scallop-shell booths upholstered in a reptile print fabric.

    Fargo, North Dakota

  • Inside was the lead coffin, decorated with scallop-shell designs.

    Rare Roman Grave Found in London

  • She was sitting at a little table outside one of the innumerable cafés that edge the sloping scallop-shell of the campo.

    Tour de Force

  • The signs of the pilgrim -- the staff, the wallet, and the scallop-shell -- were blessed by priest or bishop before departure, and took on added sanctity, and even miracle-working power, if they had reached actual use in the Holy Land.

    Peter the Hermit A Tale of Enthusiasm

  • As Holy Week approaches, pilgrims begin to flock to Rome with their oil-cloth capes, their scallop-shell, their long staffs, their rosaries, and their dirty hands held out constantly for "_una santa elemosina pel povero pellegrino_."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 24, October, 1859

  • Here is the invariable pilgrim, with his scallop-shell, who has been journeying to St. Peter's and reposing by the way near aqueducts or broken columns so long that the memory of man runneth not to the contrary, and who is now fast asleep on his back, with his hat pulled over his eyes.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859

  • Of course you know that the boat was a scallop-shell, with sails of gossamer; but

    The Garden of the Plynck

  • They caught the scallop-shell boat, though they had to run for it, and they were quite quiet all the way home.

    The Garden of the Plynck


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