from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of the family Haliotidæ; the ear-shells: so called from the excessive width of the aperture and the flatness of the small spire, which give it an ear-like or saucer-shaped figure.
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- n. type genus of the family Haliotidae
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The department said the definition of perlemoen had now been widened in the amended regulations from "haliotis midae" to the
The rich coloring of the haliotis is used for inlaying art furniture.
Of the Nez Percé, we read: "To the hood are attached medicine-bags, bits of shell, haliotis perhaps, and the whole artistic genius of the mother is in play to adorn her offspring."
Her skirt was woven of red and white cedar bark, she had carved silver bracelets and copper bracelets set with haliotis shell, and earrings of sharks 'teeth.
They filled huge haliotis shells with pearls and laid them there beside her, they brought her emeralds which she set to flash among the tresses of her long black hair, they brought her threaded sapphires for her cloak: all this the princes of fable did and the elves and the gnomes of myth.
Strings of haliotis and pachydesma shell beads encircled their necks, and around their waists were belts heavily loaded with the same material.
And in the midst of it, far away though they were, they saw the palace of the Queen of the South; and it was so full of windows all looking toward the sea, and they were so full of light, both from the sunset that was fading upon the water and from candles that maids were lighting one by one, that it looked far off like a pearl, shimmering still in its haliotis shell, still wet from the sea.
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