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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh-loh-nee]
    • /ˌæb əˈloʊ ni/
    • /æb.ə.ˈləʊ.ni/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-loh-nee]
    • /ˌæb əˈloʊ ni/

Definitions of abalone word

  • variable noun abalone Abalone is a shellfish that you can eat and that has a shiny substance called mother-of-pearl inside its shell. 3
  • noun abalone any of various edible marine gastropod molluscs of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell that is perforated with a row of respiratory holes. The shells are used for ornament or decoration 3
  • noun abalone any of a family (Haliotidae) of edible gastropod sea mollusks with an oval, somewhat spiral shell perforated near the edge and lined with mother-of-pearl 3
  • noun abalone a large mollusk of the genus Haliotis, having a bowllike shell bearing a row of respiratory holes, the flesh of which is used for food and the shell for ornament and as a source of mother-of-pearl. 1
  • noun abalone An edible mollusk of warm seas that has a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with respiratory holes. 1
  • noun abalone mollusc 1

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Origin of abalone

First appearance:

before 1840
One of the 33% newest English words
1840-50, Americanism; taken as singular of California Spanish abulones, plural of abulón, aulón < a word in Rumsen, a Costanoan language formerly spoken at Monterey, California

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abalone popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for abalone

noun abalone

  • mollusk — any invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, typically having a calcareous shell of one, two, or more pieces that wholly or partly enclose the soft, unsegmented body, including the chitons, snails, bivalves, squids, and octopuses.
  • ear — the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels.
  • ormer — an abalone, Haliotis tuberculata, living in waters of the Channel Islands.
  • shell — a hard outer covering of an animal, as the hard case of a mollusk, or either half of the case of a bivalve mollusk.

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