Definition of perlemoen in English:



South African
  • An abalone.

    • ‘As mentioned in your article, mussels, cockles and perlemoen were in abundance.’
    • ‘Since we have been banned there has been an escalation of poaching of shellfish and perlemoen.’
    • ‘Eleven people living in this region have had commercial perlemoen fishing rights revoked after falsifying their addresses.’
    • ‘The illegal perlemoen trade is a lucrative business, with an estimated 150 poachers operating in the city alone.’
    • ‘There appeared to be ‘quite’ an operation being conducted in the house because the alleged poachers even had a scale to weigh the perlemoen.’


Afrikaans, from obsolete perlemoer ‘mother of pearl’ (referring to the pearlized layer inside the shell).