Definition of paua in English:

paua

Syllabification: pau·a
Pronunciation: /ˈpouə
 
/

noun

New Zealand
  • 1A large edible abalone (mollusk).
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    • The rocks there abound with crayfish, paua, mussels, kina, maomao and snapper.
    • Some people go diving and catch crayfish and occasionally paua.
    • Wild pigs, crayfish and paua were plentiful and used to supplement the food supply.
  • 1.1The ornamental shell of this.
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    • One strikingly beautiful gown is made of bubble wrap and organza, and another pairs paua shells and feathers.
    • The Maori elements are to be found in the bands of symmetrically ordered paua shell inlay, a customary ceremonial and artistic material.
    • They were made by her brothers and sisters with paua and handmade paper.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

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