Meaning of abalone

ab•a•lo•ne

Pronunciation: (ab"u-lō'nē), [key]
— n.
  1. a large mollusk of the genus Haliotis, having a bowllike shell bearing a row of respiratory holes, the flesh of which is used for food and the shell for ornament and as a source of mother-of-pearl.
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