noun ab·a·lo·ne \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
ABALONE Defined for Kids


noun ab·a·lo·ne \ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē\

Definition of ABALONE for Kids

:  a shellfish that is a mollusk which has a flattened shell with a pearly lining


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