One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large edible abalone (mollusc).
- ‘The rocks there abound with crayfish, paua, mussels, kina, maomao and snapper.’
- ‘My brother and I would walk through the pools at low tide and fish for paua and crayfish.’
- ‘The pair were in possession of more than three times the recreational daily limit of paua and kina.’
- ‘Some people go diving and catch crayfish and occasionally paua.’
- ‘Wild pigs, crayfish and paua were plentiful and used to supplement the food supply.’
- 1.1 The shell of the paua, used to make jewellery, ornaments, etc.
- ‘One strikingly beautiful gown is made of bubble wrap and organza, and another pairs paua shells and feathers.’
- ‘The shop has a good selection of New Zealand souvenirs at reasonable prices including jade and paua items.’
- ‘They were made by her brothers and sisters with paua and handmade paper.’
- ‘The Maori elements are to be found in the bands of symmetrically ordered paua shell inlay, a customary ceremonial and artistic material.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
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