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Any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell with a row of holes along the outer edge. The colorful pearly interior of the shell is often used for making jewelry or other ornaments. Also called ear shell.
[American Spanish abulón, from Rumsen (Penutian language of the Monterey Bay area) aulon.]
(Animals) 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 decoration. Also called: ear shell or haliotis See also ormer
[C19: from American Spanish abulón; origin unknown]
ab•a•lo•ne(ˌæb əˈloʊ ni)
any gastropod mollusk of the family Haliotidae, having a flat, oval shell: the flesh is used for food and the shell as a source of mother-of-pearl.
[1840–50, Amer.; taken as singular of California Sp abulones, pl. of abulón,aulón]
Any of various edible mollusks that have a large, ear-shaped shell. The shell has a row of holes along the outer edge, and the interior is lined with mother-of-pearl.
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|Noun||1.||abalone - any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior|
gastropod, univalve - a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes