ab·​a·​lo·​ne ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce abalone (audio) ˈa-bə-ˌlō-nē How to pronounce abalone (audio)
: 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 The classic Taiwanese san bei ji, or three-cup chicken, became three-cup abalone. Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 That could easily have led to thoughts of dystopia, but Ms. Van Herpen’s genius is her ability to imagine her way through to an extraordinary future, all the way down to the shards of abalone covered in silicon and embedded on the bodice of a sea-green gown. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 4 July 2023 My Uncle Donny gave up commercial abalone diving to be an electrician up there. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 Paired with veteran composer Jérôme Leroy for support and frequently leaning on Valencia and her fellow Chumash tribe members, Kamalu integrated deer hoof rattles, abalone shells and Valencia’s family’s clapper sticks into the soundtrack of the show. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2023 Nation/World Growing a yard across and bearing two dozen limbs, the sunflower sea star prowls the deep, eating snails, abalones and urchins. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2023 The bark skirt is paired with a top made from abalone and northern cowrie shells, as well as a basket-style hat woven from Juncus and deer grass. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2023 About 44% of all abalone shellfish species -- 20 of 54 -- are at risk of extinction, the Red List states. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 9 Dec. 2022 One of the costliest dishes on the menu — Monterey abalone ringed in frothy smoked butter and sliced over a rustic chickpea stew — is priced at $42. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abalone was in 1850

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“Abalone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abalone. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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ab·​a·​lo·​ne ˌab-ə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce abalone (audio) ˈab-ə-ˌ How to pronounce abalone (audio)
: a mollusk with a flattened slightly spiral shell that has holes along the edge and is lined with mother-of-pearl

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