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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) Any species of ear-shaped shells of the genus Haliotis. See
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- noun Any
speciesof ear-shaped shellsof the genus Haliotis; an abalone
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- noun an abalone found near the Channel Islands
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The shells of the awabi, or 'sea-ear,' which reaches a surprising size in these western waters, are converted by skilful polishing and cutting into wonderful dishes, bowls, cups, and other articles, over whose surfaces the play of iridescence is like a flickering of fire of a hundred colours. º18