Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A variety of onion with pointed, pear-shaped bulbs that grow in clusters.
  • noun The mild-flavored bulb of this plant, used in cooking.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a type of onion of the species Allium ascalonium.
  • noun a type of onion of the species Allium oschaninii.
  • noun any small onion.
  • noun New Orleans A scallion.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Shortening of French échalote, from Middle French eschalote : alteration (influenced by -ote, -otte, feminine of -ot, diminutive suff.) of Old French eschaloigne, from Vulgar Latin *escalōnia; see scallion.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French échalote, alteration of eschaloigne, from Middle Latin escalonia "onion of Ascalon".

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