ab·​a·​lo·​ne | \ ˌa-bə-ˈlō-nē How to pronounce abalone (audio) , ˈa-bə-ˌlō-nē How to pronounce abalone (audio) \

Definition of abalone

: any of a genus (Haliotis) of edible rock-clinging gastropod mollusks that have a flattened shell slightly spiral in form, lined with mother-of-pearl, and with a row of apertures along its outer edge

Examples of abalone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pigments were used to mix a vibrant slurry in abalone shells in South Africa around 100,000 years ago. National Geographic, "11,000-year-old mine in underwater cave surprises archaeologists," 3 July 2020 For example, the trade in perlemoen or abalone has been legal for generations and harvested on a sustainable basis. Chris Alden, Quartz Africa, "A South African proposal to allow the breeding of wildlife for slaughter could end in disaster," 15 June 2020 Prakash places the traps inside the abalone cages, where they will be protected from waves and curious sea lions, and uses thick ropes to lower the cages into the water. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 Sleep deprived and sniffling, but still determined to make the most of the team’s final hours in Monterey, Prakash decides to immerse more traps at an abalone farm in the harbor. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 The red abalone fishery was closed in 2018 because of the die-off. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Atmospheric rivers that hit California getting a boost from melting Arctic ice," 27 Jan. 2020 Belcher’s favorite example is the abalone shell, which is highly structured at the nanoscale, lightweight, and sturdy. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Next Generation of Batteries Could Be Built by Viruses," 26 Feb. 2020 Featured fish range from tuna, salmon and shrimp to harder-to-find selections including bluefin tuna and whole live baby abalone. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Nobu opens soon in Scottsdale. Here's the menu and everything you need to know," 23 Jan. 2020 My dad and uncle were abalone divers ... considered ruffians by the locals. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Proposed food stamp cuts could be intensely felt in the Central Valley," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of abalone

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abalone

American Spanish abulón, from Rumsen (American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California) aulon

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The first known use of abalone was in 1850

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11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abalone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abalone. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of abalone

: a type of shellfish that is eaten as food and that has a shell that is lined with a hard white material (called mother-of-pearl)


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Kids Definition of abalone

: a shellfish that is a mollusk which has a flattened shell with a pearly lining

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