Meaning of mabe in English:

mabe

noun

(also mobe)
  • In full "mabe pearl". A type of large, usually hemispherical cultured pearl, grown on the inside shell of an oyster rather than within the body, and often (because of its shape) mounted in jewellery.

    Originally produced in Japan, mabe pearls are now cultured throughout the Pacific Rim, principally grown in the wing oysters Pteria penguin and P. maxima.

Pronunciation

mabe

/ˈmɑːbi/ /ˈmɑːbeɪ/ /mɑːˈbeɪ/

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From Japanese mabe the bivalve Pteria penguin, a pearl cultivated in the shell of this bivalve.