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
Recent Examples of abalone from the Web
And the menu, Nguyen said, will have the kind of food typically served at a Vietnamese wedding banquet, like abalone and sautéed lobster.
The black bean sauce with steamed spare ribs tastes especially savory; the abalone sauce on the chicken feet a bit richer than the typical oyster sauce.
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Origin and Etymology of abalone
American Spanish abulón, from Rumsen (American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California) aulon
First Known Use: 1850
ABALONE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of abalone for Students
: a shellfish that is a mollusk which has a flattened shell with a pearly lining
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