Definition of ormer in English:



  • An abalone (mollusc), especially one used as food in the Channel Islands.

    Genus Haliotis, in particular H. tuberculata

    • ‘The ormer is a favourite with islanders who can spend hours wading through rock pools on Guernsey’s coastline in search of the elusive abalone.’
    • ‘The Oormer is a single-shelled gastropod that crawls (limpet-like) over the rocks feeding on algae.’
    • ‘Although the ormer is not a commercially exploited species, it is very important both biologically and socially to Jersey.’


Mid 17th century Channel Islands French, from French ormier, from Latin auris maris ‘ear of the sea’ (because the ormer resembles an ear in shape).