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  • An edible mollusk of warm seas, with a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with a line of respiratory holes.

    Also called ear shell

    Genus Haliotis, family Haliotidae, class Gastropoda

    ‘Brains of limpets and abalones are much simpler than brains of garden snails and slugs in histological differentiation.’
    • ‘Otters mostly feed on invertebrates such as urchins, squid, octopus, crabs, abalone and other mollusks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Local marine reserves offer tide pools full of starfish, crabs, mussels, abalone, and sea anemones.’
    • ‘The types of seafood they eat include mussels, scallops, clams, crabs, lobsters, abalone, and sea urchins.’
    • ‘Remove abalone from shells and use scissors to trim the dark apron around each piece.’
    • ‘The abalone shell is twice as tough as our high-tech ceramics.’
    • ‘Because of this microstructure, the abalone shell can absorb a great deal of energy without failing.’
    • ‘Laurea reached out and her fingers brushed the smooth outline of the abalone shell on her father's chest.’
    • ‘He found an abalone shell on the beach and uses that for his incense brazier.’
    • ‘They feed on small bony fishes, snails, worms, shrimps, clams, abalone, and crabs.’
    • ‘For an appetizer, try the shredded abalone with apple and jellyfish.’
    • ‘It can be found feeding on crabs, shrimps, clams, scallops, abalone and small fish.’
    • ‘An abalone farmer needs to know at what ammonia concentrations the abalone will die.’
    • ‘There are less than a dozen white abalones in captivity.’
    • ‘‘An abalone can withstand assaults from a hungry sea otter pounding on its shell with a rock,’ he says.’
    • ‘In abalone, a second major acrosomal protein also evolves extremely rapidly.’
    • ‘The cautious abalone have to be taught to eat it but soon catch on.’
    • ‘She set up a trading company, selling Australian lobsters, abalone and king crabs all over the world.’
    • ‘It includes butterflies and dragonflies made of mother-of-pearl, abalone and malachite inlays.’



/ˈabəˌlōnē/ /ˈæbəˌloʊni/ /ˌabəˈlōnē/ /ˌæbəˈloʊni/


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