abalone /ˌabəˈləʊni/


I. noun

an edible mollusc of warm seas, with a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with a line of respiratory holes. Also called ormer, ear shell.

●Genus Haliotis, family Haliotidae, class Gastropoda.
– origin mid 19th cent. (originally North American): from American Spanish abulones, plural of abulón, from aulón, the name in an American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California.

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