Definition of paua in English:



  • 1A large edible abalone (mollusk)

    • ‘Some people go diving and catch crayfish and occasionally paua.’
    • ‘Wild pigs, crayfish and paua were plentiful and used to supplement the food supply.’
    • ‘My brother and I would walk through the pools at low tide and fish for paua and crayfish.’
    • ‘The rocks there abound with crayfish, paua, mussels, kina, maomao and snapper.’
    • ‘The pair were in possession of more than three times the recreational daily limit of paua and kina.’
    1. 1.1 The shell of the paua, used to make jewelry, ornaments, etc.
      • ‘The shop has a good selection of New Zealand souvenirs at reasonable prices including jade and paua items.’
      • ‘One strikingly beautiful gown is made of bubble wrap and organza, and another pairs paua shells and feathers.’
      • ‘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.