noun \ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē, ˈa-bə-ˌ\

: a type of shellfish that is eaten as food and that has a shell that is lined with a hard white material (called mother-of-pearl)

Full Definition of ABALONE

:  any of a genus (Haliotis) of edible rock-clinging gastropod mollusks that have a flattened shell slightly spiral in form, lined with mother-of-pearl, and with a row of apertures along its outer edge

Origin of ABALONE

American Spanish abulón, from Rumsen (American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California) aulon
First Known Use: 1850


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Abalone (Haliotis)—Jacques Six

Any of several marine snail species (genus Haliotis, family Haliotidae), found in warm seas worldwide. The outer surface of the single shell has a row of small holes, most of which fill in as the animal grows; some remain open as outlets for waste products. Abalones range from 4 to 10 in. (10–25 cm) across and up to 3 in. (8 cm) deep. The largest is the 12 in. (30 cm) abalone (H. rufescens). The shell's lustrous, iridescent interior is used in ornaments, and the large muscular foot is eaten as a delicacy. Commercial abalone fisheries exist in California, Mexico, Japan, and South Africa.


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