Meaning of “abalone” in the English Dictionary

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"abalone" in British English

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abalonenoun [ C ]

uk /æb.əˈləʊ.ni/ us /æb.əˈloʊ.ni/


  • But, there is less and less abalone and shellfish.
  • Instead, they started to dive for just abalone and other shellfish.
  • Each pair was given a walking-stick—one of white shell to one, staffs of turquoise, abalone, and jet respectively to the others.
  • In that tremulous moment before the break of day, shore and stream and sky melted and ran together in the liquid pattern of an abalone shell.
  • It was a big shell shaped like an abalone.
  • On these we stroll and gather abalone shells and empty sea eggs and other relics up-thrown by winter storms.
  • Our dragnet was filled with Midas abalone, harp shells, obelisk snails, and especially the finest hammer shells I had seen to that day.
  • Some of the boys are searching in the sea up to their waists—hard work when one considers how tough the abalone is, and how tasteless.
  • The abalones are as large as steaks, and a great deal tougher.
  • There were turquoise spikes in the southern, abalone in the western, and jet in the northern walls.
  • They dry the meat of the abalone also, and use the beautiful shells, which you have no doubt seen, for carving into curios, or making into jewellery.
  • When that was done all entered the house, where on the walls hung many beautiful strings of turquoise, abalone, white-shell, and jet beads, and plates of armor.

(Definition of “abalone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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