Definitions for abaloneˌæb əˈloʊ ni

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•a•lo•neˌæb əˈloʊ ni(n.)

  1. any gastropod mollusk of the family Haliotidae, having a flat, oval shell: the flesh is used for food and the shell as a source of mother-of-pearl.

    Category: Invertebrates

Origin of abalone:

1840–50, Amer.; taken as sing. of California Sp abulones, pl. of abulón,aulón

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abalone, ear-shell(noun)

    any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior

Wiktionary

  1. abalone(Noun)

    An edible univalve mollusc of the genus Haliotis, having a shell lined with mother-of-pearl.

  2. abalone(Noun)

    The meat of the aforementioned mollusc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abalone(noun)

    a univalve mollusk of the genus Haliotis. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and used for ornamental purposes; the sea-ear. Several large species are found on the coast of California, clinging closely to the rocks

Freebase

  1. Abalone

    Abalone, is a common name for any of a group of small to very large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Haliotidae. Other common names are ear shells, sea ears, and muttonfish or muttonshells in Australia, ormer in Great Britain, perlemoen and venus's-ears in South Africa, and pāua in New Zealand. The family Haliotidae contains only one genus, Haliotis, which contains about 4 to 7 subgenera. The number of species recognized worldwide ranges between 30 and 130 with over 230 species-level taxa described. The most comprehensive treatment of the family considers 56 species valid, with 18 additional subspecies. The shells of abalones have a low open spiral structure, and are characterized by several open respiratory pores in a row near the shell's outer edge. The thick inner layer of the shell is composed of nacre, which in many species is highly iridescent, giving rise to a range of strong changeable colors, which make the shells attractive to humans as decorative objects, jewelry, and as a source of colorful mother-of-pearl. The flesh of abalones is widely considered to be a desirable food, and is consumed raw or cooked in a variety of dishes.

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