1840–50, Americanism; taken as singular of California Spanish abulones, plural of abulón, aulón < a word in Rumsen, a Costanoan language formerly spoken at Monterey, California (Source: dictionary.com)

Mid 19th century from American Spanish abalón, from Rumsen (a North American Indian language of northern California) awlun. (Source: lexico.com)

Definitions of Abalone



  1. a large mollusk of the genus Haliotis, having a bowllike shell bearing a row of respiratory holes, the flesh of which is used for food and the shell for ornament and as a source of mother-of-pearl.
  2. any of various edible marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell that is perforated with a row of respiratory holes. The shells are used for ornament or decorationAlso called: ear shell See also ormer




  1. 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.




  1. : any of a genus (Haliotis) of edible rock-clinging gastropod mollusks that have a flattened shell slightly spiral in form, lined with mother-of-pearl, and with a row of apertures along its outer edge


Example sentences for Abalone

  1. In California, tourists have been pitted against career foragers, causing problems for wild mushrooms and abalone.
  2. There are also beautiful fossils and corals and abalone shells.
  3. But the abalone—as a Christian comestible he is a stranger to me and the tooth o' me.
  4. The thought came to me that if I should keep perfectly quiet, the abalone might think his danger gone and loosen his grip.
  5. They fasten a chain to the abalone, and it swims out and attaches itself to the under side of a shark.
  6. Both the exterior and the lining of the abalone shell have most exquisite coloring and are capable of a high polish.

Related words & Synonyms

mollusk, ear, ormer

Nearby words

abadie's sign of tabes dorsalis , abaft , abagtha , abailard , abakan , abamp , abampere , abandon , abandon hope, all ye who enter here , abandoned

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