ab·​a·​lo·​ne | \ ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce abalone (audio) , ˈa-bə-ˌlō-nē How to pronounce abalone (audio) \

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

Examples of abalone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the first course of one of the meals on the two-day journey is abalone. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 2 May 2022 Add the shrimp and abalone to the bowl and stir again to combine. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 The abalone were a key source of food for native American people for thousands of years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 Here, a sea otter is seen using a rock to shake an abalone shell loose for a quick snack. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 Pricey Chinese abalone dishes inspire another specialty at Dahlia, which instead uses a local shell called troca and costs just a fraction of the price. Kaila Yu, Travel + Leisure, 13 Mar. 2022 But neither the abalone nor the A4 Wagyu ribeye are the stars of the show. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 Nature provides the abalone with a plate: its own iridescent shell. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Or a rich porridge fortified with brown butter and abalone liver. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Abalone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abalone. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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