• WordNet 3.6
    • n abalone any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The viscera of Japanese abalone can harbor a poisonous substance which causes a burning, stinging, prickling and itching over the entire body. It does not manifest itself until exposure to sunlight if eaten outdoors in sunlight, symptoms occur quickly and suddenly.
    • n Abalone (Zoöl) A univalve mollusk of the genus Haliotis. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and used for ornamental purposes; the sea-ear. Several large species are found on the coast of California, clinging closely to the rocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A 4-inch-long abalone can grip a rock with a force of 400 pounds. Two grown men are incapable of prying it up.
    • n abalone A general name on the Pacific coast of the United States for marine shells of the family Haliotidæ (which see), having an oval form with a very wide aperture, a narrow, flattened ledge or columella, and a subspiral row of perforations extending from the apex to the distal margin of the shell. They are used for ornamental purposes, such as inlaying, and for the manufacture of buttons and other articles. Also called earshell, and by the Japanese awabi (which see).
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In literature:

We'll get a couple more abalones for supper, and then put off.
"Moran of the Lady Letty" by Frank Norris
Hall initiated them into the mysteries of pounding and preparing the abalone meat for cooking.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
At school, the day before, Timoteo had heard Herbert say that he intended going after abalones on Saturday.
"Out of the Triangle" by Mary E. Bamford
Other was probably one of these longshore abalone men.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
She also hangs wampum or bits of abalone shell on the finest ones.
"Stories of California" by Ella M. Sexton
The abalones are as large as steaks, and a great deal tougher.
"In the Footprints of the Padres" by Charles Warren Stoddard
Many large abalone shells are found on San Miguel.
"A Truthful Woman in Southern California" by Kate Sanborn
It was a big shell shaped like an abalone.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Likewise, they brings up abalone shells; you can see 'em brought up, and can buy 'em for a quarter apiece.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
There are also beautiful fossils and corals and abalone shells.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
From there it was only a stone's throw to the beach where the mussels and abalones clung so thickly to the rocks.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Abalone shell was commonly used by peoples of adjacent California.
"A Burial Cave in Baja California" by William C. Massey
The owner has established on a little cove a short distance from his house an abalone canning factory.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
You will know him by the costly ornaments of abalone shell in his ears!
"Indian Legends Retold" by Elaine Goodale Eastman
With love to Carrie, I will leave you to your sea-gardens and abalones.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
Emmie, grown very pink, had thrust Editha and Archibald Abalone under the table.
"The Open Question" by Elizabeth Robins
The body of the abalone is a mass of muscle that has tremendous strength.
"Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer" by J. W. Duffield

In poetry:

I leant out over a ledging cliff and looked down into the sea,
Where weed and kelp and dulse swayed, in green translucency;
Where the abalone clung to the rock and the star-fish lay about,
Purpling the sands that slid away under the silver trout.
"Atavism" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Yang Hwa Soon, 67, left, and Na Tae Ok, 62, in the sea off Udo Island, catching abalone and other sea products.
She has much to teach him, including how to dive, and how to gather and consume such delicacies as sea urchins , clams, and abalone.
The violin maker and his assistants sit hunched over high workbenches and peer through magnifiers at the abalone inlay, the ebony purfling, a rosewood tuning peg.
It happened a little after 1:00pm at the Abalone Apartments on North Tyndall Parkway.
Abalone part of lessons in classroom before release.
The California Fish and Game Commission on Sept 15 voted to close the abalone fishery , and the Office of Administrative Law on Oct 4 approved the emergency regulations for an abalone closure on the Sonoma County coast.
Hand crafted inlays featuring ivory, ebony, abalone and other exotic materials are found in many of Jack Stutting's pricier cues.
At the Haknuman Minchi Asian Market of Portland, Maine, shoppers shouldnÂ't be surprised to find items like kachi powder from Thailand, abalone mushrooms from Taiwan, or even soup paste from Vietnam.
Major rule change in harvesting abalone as season opens.
Abalone season north of San Francisco Bay opened Sunday.
At Abalone Cove Shoreline Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, officers detain people believed to be illegal immigrants who came ashore aboard a panga boat of the type that has become popular with human smugglers .
Lightweight Ceramic Coatings Based on Abalone Shells Could Form Tough Armor for Airplanes.
Deputies were called to the Abalone Apartments on North Tyndall Parkway Friday about a domestic disturbance.
The inlayed butterflies are green abalone shells.
There are numerous special restrictions if you go after abalone.

In science:

In contrast, in the Abalone dataset all three generalizers contribute substantially to the prediction of all three classes.
Issues in Stacked Generalization
Figure 6: Histogram of the first principal component in Abalone data set.
Test for the statistical significance of a treatment effect in the presence of hidden sub-populations