|Species||Allium cepa (but see text)|
|Cultivar group||Aggregatum Group|
The shallot is a botanical variety (a cultivar) of the onion. Until 2010, the shallot was classified as a separate species, Allium ascalonicum, a name that is a synonym of Allium cepa, the species name of the onion. A. cepa is the correct name for the shallot species.
Borrowed from French échalote, from Middle French eschalote, alteration of Old French eschaloigne, from Medieval Latin escalonia, from Latin ascalonia (cēpa) (“onion of Ashkelon”). Doublet of scallion.
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈʃælət/, /ʃəˈlɑt/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ʃəˈlɒt/
- Rhymes: -ɒt
shallot (plural shallots)
- A vegetable in the onion family