ab·a·lo·ne (ăb′ə-lōnē, ăbə-lō′-)
Any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell with a row of holes along the outer edge. The colorful pearly interior of the shell is often used for making jewelry or other ornaments. Also called ear shell.
[American Spanish abulón, from Rumsen (Penutian language of the Monterey Bay area) aulon.]
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