- 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.
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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Examples from the Web for abalone
In California, tourists have been pitted against career foragers, causing problems for wild mushrooms and abalone.The Foraging Wars: Extreme Eating Hits California
Debra A. Klein
January 31, 2014
The body of the abalone is a mass of muscle that has tremendous strength.Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer
J. W. Duffield
The Haliotis or abalone was also used and was called uhl-lo.
I'll leave them here for you—and there's plenty of turtle and abalone to be had for the catching.Moran of the Lady Letty
But the abalone—as a Christian comestible he is a stranger to me and the tooth o' me.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
Not another one of us was ever caught in the closing shell of an abalone.Before Adam
- 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
C19: from American Spanish abulón; origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for abalone
type of marine shell, 1850, American English, from Spanish abulon from Costanoan (a California coastal Indian language family) aluan "red abalone."
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