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n. Chiefly British
A European abalone (Haliotis tuberculata) found chiefly in the Channel Islands.
1. (Animals) 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
2. (Animals) any other abalone
[C17: from French (Guernsey dialect), apparently from Latin auris ear + mare sea]