[ awr-mer ]
/ ˈɔr mər /


an abalone, Haliotis tuberculata, living in waters of the Channel Islands.
any abalone.


Nearby words

  1. orléans,
  2. orléans, d',
  3. ormandy,
  4. ormandy, eugene,
  5. ormazd,
  6. ormolu,
  7. ormond beach,
  8. ormond's disease,
  9. ormonde,
  10. ormuz

Origin of ormer

1665–75; < French ormier < Latin auris maris ear of the sea

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Examples from the Web for ormer

  • Hennie Penny, you see, had come bravely through dire troubles of her own, and tribulation softens the heart as it does the ormer.

  • 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


/ (ˈɔːmə) /


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
any other abalone

Word Origin for ormer

C17: from French (Guernsey dialect), apparently from Latin auris ear + mare sea

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