Noun Abalone Definition and Examples


Noun:

Abalone

Pronunciation:

/ˌabəˈləʊni/

Definition:
1.

noun

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. 'There are less than a dozen white abalones in captivity.'
  2. 'Because of this microstructure, the abalone shell can absorb a great deal of energy without failing.'
  3. 'Otters mostly feed on invertebrates such as urchins, squid, octopus, crabs, abalone and other mollusks.'
  4. 'Local marine reserves offer tide pools full of starfish, crabs, mussels, abalone, and sea anemones.'
  5. 'It includes butterflies and dragonflies made of mother-of-pearl, abalone and malachite inlays.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'Brains of limpets and abalones are much simpler than brains of garden snails and slugs in histological differentiation.'
  8. 'They feed on small bony fishes, snails, worms, shrimps, clams, abalone, and crabs.'
  9. 'For an appetizer, try the shredded abalone with apple and jellyfish.'
  10. 'He found an abalone shell on the beach and uses that for his incense brazier.'
((n.) A univalve mollusk of the genus Haliotis. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and used for ornamental purposes; the sea-ear. Several large species are found on the coast of California, clinging closely to the rocks.)


noun

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.


Examples:

"There can be abalone industries."

Origin:
Mid 19th century (originally North American): from American Spanish abulones, plural of abulón, from aulón, the name in an American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California.

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