Definition of mabe in English:

mabe

(also mobe)

noun

  • In full "mabe pearl". A type of large, usually hemispherical cultured pearl, grown on the inside shell of an oyster rather than within the body, and often (because of its shape) mounted in jewellery.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From Japanese mabe the bivalve Pteria penguin, a pearl cultivated in the shell of this bivalve.

Pronunciation

mabe

/ˈmɑːbi//ˈmɑːbeɪ//mɑːˈbeɪ/