Definition of abalone in US English:



  • An edible mollusk of warm seas, with a shallow ear-shaped shell lined with mother-of-pearl and pierced with a line of respiratory holes.

    Genus Haliotis, family Haliotidae, class Gastropoda

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


Mid 19th century: from American Spanish abalón, from Rumsen (a North American Indian language of northern California) awlun.