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 Her abalone poems, meanwhile, have enabled her to confront her qualms about motherhood. Los Angeles Times, "5 poets address complications of calling L.A. home. How will a reopening city treat them?," 11 Apr. 2021 Buried alive: Scientists have rushed to save thousands of black abalone that were completely submerged after winter storms sent mudflows into the rocky shores of Big Sur. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Crime in S.F. looks a lot different during the pandemic," 5 Apr. 2021 That experience has all but disappeared, as the formerly abundant abalone population has collapsed. Chris Kim, Forbes, "Navigating Enterprise Analytics In A World Of Increasingly Private Data," 2 Mar. 2021 Wendy Bragg knew California’s abalone population was in bad shape. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rush to rescue thousands of endangered abalone buried in Big Sur landslides," 3 Apr. 2021 The now impoverished coastal ecosystems forced the closure of the $44 million recreational abalone fishery in 2018 and the commercial red sea urchin fishery has also nearly shuttered, per the Chronicle. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Satellite Imagery Shows Northern California Kelp Forests Have Collapsed," 11 Mar. 2021 Episode 4: Korea Saengja and Yeongsam, together 49 years, throw themselves into their work as abalone farmers on the Korean island of Bogildo. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Watch elderly couples share the secrets of their enduring relationships in My Love trailer," 17 Mar. 2021 A few years ago, intrepid souls were able to set out each spring to dive for abalone off the Northern California coast. Chris Kim, Forbes, "Navigating Enterprise Analytics In A World Of Increasingly Private Data," 2 Mar. 2021 The shuttering of restaurants, where nearly 70 percent of catches ended up before the pandemic, dried up demand for high-end chef favorites such as lobster, abalone, and squid—as well as everyday fare like Guaymas’ yellowtail and grouper. Popular Science, "Post-pandemic seafood could be more sustainable. Here’s how tech is driving the change.," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Abalone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abalone. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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