Definition of abalone in English:

abalone

Line breaks: aba|lone
Pronunciation: /ˌabəˈləʊni
 
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noun

  • An edible mollusc of warm seas, with a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with a line of respiratory holes. Also called ormer, ear shell.
    • Genus Haliotis, family Haliotidae, class Gastropoda
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    • Brains of limpets and abalones are much simpler than brains of garden snails and slugs in histological differentiation.
    • Otters mostly feed on invertebrates such as urchins, squid, octopus, crabs, abalone and other mollusks.
    • However, the farms were started up only recently, and it takes about seven years for the abalone to reach a size where they may be harvested.

Origin

mid 19th century (originally North American): from American Spanish abulones, plural of abulón, from aulón, the name in an American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California.

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