One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An edible mollusc of warm seas, with a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with a line of respiratory holes.
- ‘It can be found feeding on crabs, shrimps, clams, scallops, abalone and small fish.’
- ‘There are less than a dozen white abalones in captivity.’
- ‘Laurea reached out and her fingers brushed the smooth outline of the abalone shell on her father's chest.’
- ‘Because of this microstructure, the abalone shell can absorb a great deal of energy without failing.’
- ‘An abalone farmer needs to know at what ammonia concentrations the abalone will die.’
- ‘Otters mostly feed on invertebrates such as urchins, squid, octopus, crabs, abalone and other mollusks.’
- ‘In abalone, a second major acrosomal protein also evolves extremely rapidly.’
- ‘Local marine reserves offer tide pools full of starfish, crabs, mussels, abalone, and sea anemones.’
- ‘The cautious abalone have to be taught to eat it but soon catch on.’
- ‘It includes butterflies and dragonflies made of mother-of-pearl, abalone and malachite inlays.’
- ‘‘An abalone can withstand assaults from a hungry sea otter pounding on its shell with a rock,’ he says.’
- ‘However, the farms were started up only recently, and it takes about seven years for the abalone to reach a size where they may be harvested.’
- ‘The abalone shell is twice as tough as our high-tech ceramics.’
- ‘Brains of limpets and abalones are much simpler than brains of garden snails and slugs in histological differentiation.’
- ‘She set up a trading company, selling Australian lobsters, abalone and king crabs all over the world.’
- ‘They feed on small bony fishes, snails, worms, shrimps, clams, abalone, and crabs.’
- ‘Remove abalone from shells and use scissors to trim the dark apron around each piece.’
- ‘For an appetizer, try the shredded abalone with apple and jellyfish.’
- ‘The types of seafood they eat include mussels, scallops, clams, crabs, lobsters, abalone, and sea urchins.’
- ‘He found an abalone shell on the beach and uses that for his incense brazier.’
Mid 19th century (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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