Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • In contrast, the five-year note was the best perf ormer as many investors bought this maturity and sold 30-year securities, taking advantage of the supply dynamics.

    Treasury Prices Rally

  • "[F] ormer U.S. House of Representatives Page, Real Estate broker, and music composer" Thomas Boyle promises to FINE TUNE AMERICA (probably a joke, but who can tell these days?).

    O wie mich sehnet auszuruhn

  • "The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and that will happen next month," the f ormer manager of a textile factory said.

    Liberal Democrats Face Test Over Budget Cuts

  • Promoted to Headline (H3) on 6/4/09: Let them know yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Let them know'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Message from ormer Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.'

    Let them know

  • This contents and the demeaning language used in this article and the one by Dennis Ross are insulting not only to the present Iranian leadership, but also to the majority of Iranians including those who strongly oppose the Iranian administration such as the ormer Foreign Minister under Shah, Mr. Ardeshir Zahedi.

    Iran’s Bomb - Paper Cuts Blog - NYTimes.com

  • She even got ormer Secretary of the Army, Togo West to stand there and vouch for her version of events.

    Clinton Acknowledges: ‘I Misspoke’ - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • FlS, you soon forget Jim Johnson, another crook, ormer Fanie CEO and Obama advisor/fund raiser

    So is Franklin Raines an Obama economic advisor or not?

  • "Just in the past few months," [Bruce Bartlett ormer policy advisor for Ronald Reagan] said, "I think a light has gone off for people who've spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct he's always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do."

    Dowd Defection only the first crack in the Bush inner-circle Dam?

  • The Washington Times says, Intelligence sources said a network of current and ormer CIA officers opposed to Mr. Bagley's views was behind the cancellation. . .

    Spy Wars author Tennent "Pete" H. Bagley in the news

  • The “evidence” to which wwallace referred is the 9-11 Commission report†™ s statement: “[F] ormer Sudanese officials claim that Sudan offered to expel Bin Ladin to the United States.”

    Think Progress » Fitzgerald: Crossing Ts, Dotting Is

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  • but wasn't called a phon(e)y

    November 29, 2011

  • and cannelloni.

    May 30, 2010

  • Ormer, the very lovely
    but lonely
    aboriginal abalone
    who was full of baloney.

    May 30, 2010

  • The very lovely aboriginal abalone.

    May 30, 2010

  • Ormer, the very lonely abalone.

    May 30, 2010