Definition of abalone noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌæbəˈləʊni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæbəˈloʊni//
[countable, uncountable] Invertebrates
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a shellfish that can be eaten and whose shell contains mother-of-pearl See related entries: Invertebrates Word Originmid 19th cent. (originally North American): from American Spanish abulones, plural of abulón, from aulón, the name in an American Indian language of Monterey Bay, California.
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