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abalone

[ ab-uh-loh-nee ]
/ ˌæb əˈloʊ ni /
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noun

a large mollusk of the genus Haliotis, having a bowllike shell bearing a row of respiratory holes, the flesh of which is used for food and the shell for ornament and as a source of mother-of-pearl.

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Origin of abalone

1840–50, Americanism; taken as singular of California Spanish abulones, plural of abulón,aulón< a word in Rumsen, a Costanoan language formerly spoken at Monterey, California
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British Dictionary definitions for abalone

abalone
/ (ˌæbəˈləʊnɪ) /

noun

any of various edible marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell that is perforated with a row of respiratory holes. The shells are used for ornament or decorationAlso called: ear shell See also ormer

Word Origin for abalone

C19: from American Spanish abulón; origin unknown
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