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ormer

[awr-mer] /ˈɔr mər/
noun
1.
an abalone, Haliotis tuberculata, living in waters of the Channel Islands.
2.
any abalone.
Origin of ormer
1665-1675
1665-75; < French ormier < Latin auris maris ear of the sea
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  • Hennie Penny, you see, had come bravely through dire troubles of her own, and tribulation softens the heart as it does the ormer.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • For one with artistic tastes and love of colour like myself, the interior of an ormer shell is a veritable fairy grotto.

    Jethou

    E. R. Suffling
British Dictionary definitions for ormer

ormer

/ˈɔːmə/
noun
1.
Also called sea-ear. an edible marine gastropod mollusc, Haliotis tuberculata, that has an ear-shaped shell perforated with holes and occurs near the Channel Islands
2.
any other abalone
Word Origin
C17: from French (Guernsey dialect), apparently from Latin auris ear + mare sea
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