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shallot (n.)

"small onion," 1660s, shortened from eschalot, from French échalote, from French eschalotte, from Old French eschaloigne, from Vulgar Latin *escalonia (see scallion).

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Definitions of shallot from WordNet

shallot (n.)
aggregate bulb of the multiplier onion;
shallot (n.)
type of onion plant producing small clustered mild-flavored bulbs used as seasoning;
Synonyms: eschalot / multiplier onion / Allium cepa aggregatum / Allium ascalonicum
shallot (n.)
small mild-flavored onion-like or garlic-like clustered bulbs used for seasoning;
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