Definition of ormer in English:



  • An abalone (mollusc), especially one used as food in the Channel Islands.

    Genus Haliotis, in particular H. tuberculata

    • ‘The ormer is a favourite with islanders who can spend hours wading through rock pools on Guernsey’s coastline in search of the elusive abalone.’
    • ‘The Oormer is a single-shelled gastropod that crawls (limpet-like) over the rocks feeding on algae.’
    • ‘Although the ormer is not a commercially exploited species, it is very important both biologically and socially to Jersey.’


Mid 17th century: Channel Islands French, from French ormier, from Latin auris maris ‘ear of the sea’ (because the ormer resembles an ear in shape).