from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mollusk of the lamily Haliotidæ; an ormer or abalone: so called from the shape of the shell.
  • noun Same as sea-corn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any species of ear-shaped shells of the genus Haliotis. See abalone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any species of ear-shaped shells of the genus Haliotis; an abalone

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

  • noun an abalone found near the Channel Islands


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