Definition of perlemoen in English:

perlemoen

Line breaks: perle|moen
Pronunciation: /ˌpəːləˈmʊn
 
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noun (plural same)

South African
  • An abalone.
    More example sentences
    • As mentioned in your article, mussels, cockles and perlemoen were in abundance.
    • There appeared to be ‘quite’ an operation being conducted in the house because the alleged poachers even had a scale to weigh the perlemoen.
    • The illegal perlemoen trade is a lucrative business, with an estimated 150 poachers operating in the city alone.

Origin

Afrikaans, from obsolete perlemoer 'mother of pearl' (referring to the pearlized layer inside the shell).

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