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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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Recent Examples on the Web According to the study, 96 percent of red abalone, a type of sea snail that feeds on bull kelp, have died from starvation. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Voracious Purple Sea Urchins Are Ravaging Kelp Forests on the West Coast," 26 Oct. 2019 But 96% of red abalone have disappeared from California’s northern coast as the number of purple sea urchins increased six fold, according to a study released this week by the University of California, Davis. Washington Post, "Swarm of sea urchins wreaks destruction on US West Coast," 24 Oct. 2019 That, in turn, has caused the mass starvation of red abalone and other species dependent on kelp from Baja California to Alaska. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Climate havoc wipes out coastal kelp as S.F. Bay’s native fish species die off," 22 Oct. 2019 After a busy Tuesday morning that saw the couple visit a mental wellness group at Monwabisi Beach and Harry take a solo trip to learn about combating the poaching of abalone, Meghan and Harry visited the Auwal Mosque. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Wears a Headscarf for Poignant Visit to Mosque in South Africa with Prince Harry," 24 Sep. 2019 Because there was so little kelp to eat, red abalone starved from Baja California to Alaska. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Atmospheric rivers that hit California getting a boost from melting Arctic ice," 27 Jan. 2020 For now the balancing act seems to work, as diners order plates of local abalone, rock cod, and wild mushrooms as the sun sets on Big Sur. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "The Ultimate Mushroom Trip? A Foraging Weekend in Big Sur," 15 Jan. 2020 Low Ball Tumbler with Lid $14.99 The four-inch white marble coaster gets its beauty and shine from a mother-of-pearl and abalone shell. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "18 last-minute gift ideas for anyone left on your holiday list," 16 Dec. 2019 The devastation is also economic: Until now, red abalone and red sea urchins, a larger and meatier species of urchin, supported a thriving commercial fishery in both states. Washington Post, "Swarm of sea urchins wreaks destruction on US West Coast," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of abalone was in 1850

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22 Feb 2020

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“Abalone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abalone. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce abalone (audio) \

Kids Definition of abalone

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

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