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abalone

Syllabification: ab·a·lo·ne
Pronunciation: /ˌabəˈlōnē, ˈabəˌlōnē
 
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Definition of abalone in English:

noun

An edible mollusk of warm seas that has a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with respiratory holes. Also called ear shell.
  • Genus Haliotis, family Haliotidae, class Gastropoda
Example sentences
  • 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: via Latin American Spanish from aulun, from an American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California.

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