- 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
Examples from the Web for abalones
Historical Examples of abalones
The rocks were full of abalones and my bag was soon filling rapidly.Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer
J. W. Duffield
God willing, we shall eat Carmel mussels and abalones in May or June.
With love to Carrie, I will leave you to your sea-gardens and abalones.
The abalones are as large as steaks, and a great deal tougher.In the Footprints of the Padres
Charles Warren Stoddard
From there it was only a stone's throw to the beach where the mussels and abalones clung so thickly to the rocks.El Diablo
- 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
type of marine shell, 1850, American English, from Spanish abulon from Costanoan (a California coastal Indian language family) aluan "red abalone."