abalone definition

  • noun:
    • Any of different big delicious marine gastropods of genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped layer with a-row of holes across the outer edge. The colorful pearly interior of the shell is often used for making ornaments. Also called ear layer.
    • A univalve mollusk of genus Haliotis. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and useful for decorative purposes; the sea-ear. Several large types are found regarding the shore of Ca, clinging closely to your rocks.
    • A general title in the Pacific coast of the united states of america for marine shells of the family Haliotidæ (which see), having an oval form with a very broad aperture, a narrow, flattened ledge or columella, and a subspiral row of perforations extending from the apex towards distal margin of this layer.
    • any of numerous big edible marine gastropods of genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped layer with pearly inside

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