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  1. a large, edible abalone of New Zealand, Haliotis iris, the shell of which is used in making jewelry.
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Origin of paua

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1810–20
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Historical Examples of paua

  • Paua was later made a general in consideration of his valuable services!

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British Dictionary definitions for paua


  1. an edible abalone, Haliotis iris, of New Zealand, having an iridescent shell used esp for jewellery
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Word Origin for paua

from Māori
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