paua

[pou-uh]
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noun

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

Origin of paua

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1810–20
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paua

noun

an edible abalone, Haliotis iris, of New Zealand, having an iridescent shell used esp for jewellery

Word Origin for paua

from Māori
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