An abalone is a mollusk found in warm seas. Abalones have an ear-shaped shell with a pearly interior.

It hardly seems fair that this large mollusk is only one syllable away from being baloney, since the two words are unrelated. The pearly interior of the abalone — which yields mother-of-pearl — makes this animal quite a prize, since mother-of-pearl is used in many types of jewelry. The abalone is part of the genus Haliotis: because of its ear-shaped shell, it is also known as a sea ear or ear shell. Other mollusks include squid, clams, and octopuses.

Definitions of abalone
  1. noun
    any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior
    synonyms: ear-shell
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    Haliotis tuberculata, ormer, sea-ear
    an abalone found near the Channel Islands
    type of:
    gastropod, univalve
    a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes
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