from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British An abalone, especially of the species Haliotis tuberculata, found chiefly in the Channel Islands.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An abalone or sea-ear, particularly Haliotis tuberculata, common in the Channel Islands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An abalone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ear-shell or sea-ear; an abalone or haliotid; a large marine shell of the family Haliotidæ: formerly a local English (Channel Islands) name of H. tuberculata, more fully called Guernsey ormer, or Guernsey ear-shell, which is abundant there and is used as food. See cut under abalone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abalone found near the Channel Islands
French dialectal, from French ormier, short for oreille-de-mer, translation of Latin auris maris, sea-ear : auris, ear; see ous- in Indo-European roots + maris, genitive of mare, sea; see mori- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Jèrriais ormèr, Guernésiais ormer, variants of French ormier, contraction of oreille-de-mer, from Late Latin *auris maris. (Wiktionary)