1. A bunching onion or a young onion harvested before the bulb develops. Also called green onion.
2. Any of several onionlike plants, such as a shallot.
[Middle English scaloun, from Anglo-Norman scalun, from Vulgar Latin *escalōnia, alteration of Latin (caepa) Ascalōnia, Ascalonian (onion), shallot, feminine of Ascalōnius, Ascalonian, from Ascalō, Ascalōn-, Ascalon (Ashkelon), an ancient city of southwest Palestine, from Hebrew 'ašqəlôn; see ṯql in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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