This is a puzzling word which by the sixteenth century had come to mean a slice of meat, especially bacon. It has that sense in Collop Monday, which precedes Shrove Tuesday. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writers also referred to parents leaving collops of their own flesh behind them when they died, meaning that their children survived them. In Henry the Sixth Part One, the shepherd calls La Pucelle his daughter, ‘a collop of my flesh’. In The Winter’s Tale, therefore, when Leontes calls his page ‘my collop’, it is to be interpreted as offspring, son. Such a meaning does not seem to have lasted beyond Shakespeare.

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(of meat),

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  • Collop — Col lop, n. [Of uncertain origin; cf. OF. colp blow, stroke, piece, F. coup, fr. L. colophus buffet, cuff, Gr. ?] [Written also {colp}.] 1. A small slice of meat; a piece of flesh. [1913 Webster] God knows thou art a collop of my flesh. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • collop — index part (portion) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • collop — [käl′əp] n. [ME colhoppe, a dish of fried or roasted meat, a morsel < Scand, as in Swed kollops, OSwed kolhuppadher, cooked on coal < kol,COAL + ? huppa, to leap] 1. a portion or piece; esp., a small slice of meat 2. Archaic a fold of fatty …   English World dictionary

  • Collop — Recorded in many spelling forms including Collip, Collop, Collup, Cullip, Cullop and Cullup, occasionally de Cullip, and with the probably extinct diminutive form of Cullopin, this is English, but as Collopy or occasionally O Collopy, it is Irish …   Surnames reference

  • collop — /kol euhp/, n. 1. a small slice of meat, esp. a small rasher of bacon. 2. a small slice, portion, or piece of anything. 3. a fold or roll of flesh on the body. [1350 1400; ME collop(pe), colhoppe, perh. < Scand; cf. OSw kolhuppadher roasted on… …   Universalium

  • Collop Monday — The day before Shrove Tuesday, when collops and eggs were eaten • • • Main Entry: ↑collop …   Useful english dictionary

  • collop — noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a small piece or slice especially of meat 2. a fold of fat flesh …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • collop — noun a) A slice of meat. b) A roll or fold of flesh on the body …   Wiktionary

  • collop — Synonyms and related words: bit, butt, chip, chunk, clip, clipping, coat, coating, covering, crumb, cut, cutting, deal, disk, dollop, end, feuille, film, flap, foil, fold, fragment, gob, gobbet, hunk, lamella, lamina, laminated glass, laminated… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • collop — Mawdesley Glossary a slice of ham or bacon …   English dialects glossary

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