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 Abalones



  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 Abalones

  1. From there it was only a stone's throw to the beach where the mussels and abalones clung so thickly to the rocks.
  2. God willing, we shall eat Carmel mussels and abalones in May or June.
  3. With love to Carrie, I will leave you to your sea-gardens and abalones.
  4. The abalones are as large as steaks, and a great deal tougher.
  5. The rocks were full of abalones and my bag was soon filling rapidly.

Related words & Synonyms

mollusk, ear, ormer

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