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 For one thing, the place serves abalone and curries. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Seeing the different spins on classic Taiwanese dishes was such a delight—from the caviar and milk bread to the abalone in egg custard to the A5 wagyu (reminded me of Tawainese beef noodle soup!). Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 28 Dec. 2023 Since the congee pot pie’s introduction, the team has expanded the menu to include a second rendition featuring roasted red abalone from Northern California, which Katianna says is inspired by a traditional abalone porridge eaten throughout South Korea. Jenny Liao, Bon Appétit, 8 June 2022 All this strife is set against a beguiling backdrop of an island brimming with abalone and dormant volcanoes. Gary Shteyngart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Nov. 2023 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

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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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Cite this Entry

“Abalone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abalone. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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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