abalone [ ab- uh- loh-nee ] SHOW IPA / ˌæb əˈloʊ ni / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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
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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How to use abalone in a sentence British Dictionary definitions for abalone 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 decoration Also called: ear shell See also ormer Word Origin for abalone
C19: from American Spanish
abulón; origin unknown
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