abalone

noun ab·a·lo·ne \ ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē , ˈa-bə-ˌ \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of abalone

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


ABALONE Defined for English Language Learners

abalone

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Definition of abalone for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


ABALONE Defined for Kids

abalone

noun ab·a·lo·ne \ ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē \

Definition of abalone for Students

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


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