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abalone

[ab-uh-loh-nee] /ˌæb əˈloʊ ni/
noun
1.
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.
Origin of abalone
California Spanish
1840-1850
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

/ˌæbəˈləʊnɪ/
noun
1.
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 Also called ear shell See also ormer
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish abulón; origin unknown
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n.

type of marine shell, 1850, American English, from Spanish abulon from Costanoan (a California coastal Indian language family) aluan "red abalone."

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