ab·​a·​lo·​ne | \ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē, ˈa-bə-ˌ \

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

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There, the archaeologists found abalone shells used to mix seal fat, charcoal and minerals into a red pigment called ochre. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Is This the World’s Oldest Hashtag?," 12 Sep. 2018 Several abalone species including greens are estimated to be less than 1% of historic densities. Degen Pener, Los Angeles Magazine, "What’s Being Done to Revive L.A.’s Decimated Abalone Population," 22 June 2018 Activities also include digging for volcanic rock and abalone, conch and other seashells at a table of black sand that’s reminiscent of beaches on Maui. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 In Gallon's 20s — around the time when the couple was killed — he was convicted of weapons charges, theft, drunken driving, resisting arrest, and hunting abalone (an edible mollusk) without the necessary paperwork, the Chronicle reports. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Beach campsite murder went unsolved 13 years. Now a killer faces charges, Calif. deputies say | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018 Shop for prints by local illustrator Peter Horjus at his eponymous shop and abalone rings at Jules by the Sea. Sunset, "Santa Barbara Guidebook: What to See & Do Now," 22 Jan. 2018 The mammoth seafood cocktails include Luna de Miel, a goblet brimming with juice, bits of abalone and scallops, and a handful of those aguachile shrimp. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "At El Coraloense, Jonathan Gold looks past the aguachiles' appearances and finds deliciousness," 27 Apr. 2018 For more than 2,000 years, abalone has been served to celebrate special occasions and honor guests, taking a pride of place alongside other luxury ingredients like shark fin and sea cucumber. Kimon De Greef, New York Times, "Divers Risk Drowning and Sharks to Poach Abalone Worth $200 a Pound," 31 Mar. 2018 Ama tools known as awabi-okoshi, including a small metal scraper (not unlike a seafood fork) used for pulling abalone off the rocks, date from Japan’s Jomon era (10,500–300 B.C.), and have been uncovered by archaeologists. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Women at the Bottom of the Ocean," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of abalone

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abalone

American Spanish abulón, from Rumsen (American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California) aulon

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English Language Learners Definition of abalone

: 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)


ab·​a·​lo·​ne | \ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē \

Kids Definition of abalone

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

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