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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell with a row of holes along the outer edge. The colorful pearly interior of the shell is often used for making ornaments. Also called ear shell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A univalve mollusk of the genus Haliotis. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and used for ornamental purposes; the sea-ear. Several large species are found on the coast of California, clinging closely to the rocks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general name on the Pacific coast of the United States for marine shells of the family Haliotidæ (which see), having an oval form with a very wide aperture, a narrow, flattened ledge or columella, and a subspiral row of perforations extending from the apex to the distal margin of the shell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior

Etymologies

American Spanish abulón.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From American Spanish abulón, from Spanish aulone, either from Rumsen (Southern Ohlone) aūlun ("red abalone")[2] or from Shoshone aūlun ("red abalone").[3] (Wiktionary)

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