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Scallop Shell

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Emblem of St. James of Compostella, adopted, says Erasmus, because the shore of the adjacent sea abounds in them. Pilgrims used them for cup, spoon, and dish; hence the punning crest of the Disington family is a scallop shell. On returning home, the pilgrim placed his scallop shell in his hat to command admiration, and adopted it in his coat-armour. (Danish, schelp, a shell; French, escalope.)

“I will give thee a palmer’s staff of iyory and a scallop-shell of beaten gold.”—The Old Wivesʹ Tale. (1595.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Saxon Duke (in Hudibras)
Saxon English
Saxon Relics
Saxon Shore
Say
Sbirri (Italian)
Scævola [left-handed]
Scaffold, Scaffolding
Scagliola
Scales
Scallop Shell
Scalloped [scollopt]
Scammozzi’s Rule
Scamp [qui exit ex campo]
Scandal
Scandal-broth
Scandalum Magnatum [scandal of the magnates]
Scanderbeg
Scanderbeg’s Sword must have Scanderbeg’s Arm—i.e
Scandinavia
Scant-of-grace (A)

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