Definition of abalone:
Holder says of the inhabitants of Santa Catalina that although their implements were of stone, wood, or shell " the skill with which they modelled and made their weapons, mortars, and steatite ollas, their rude mosaics of abalone shells, and their manufacture of pipes, medicine- tubes, and flutes give them high rank among savages."- "The Old Franciscan Missions Of California", George Wharton James.
Suspended from the beams were big iridescent pearl- shells, known in southern California as " abalone," and in the rainbow- tinted half- globes gleamed electric lights, subdued by dull gold glass; but neither these nor the tall shaded lamps on the low wall of the terrace, nor the hidden electric bulbs in the fountain basin, were allowed to shine out yet.- "The Port of Adventure", Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson.
And sunk amid tiger lillies is the face Of an Asian Aphrodite close to the seat With feet of a Babylonian lion amid This ruined garden of yellow daisies, poppies And ruddy asphodel from Crete, it seems, Though here is our western moon as white and thin As an abalone shell hung under the boughs Of an oak, that is mocked by the vastness of sky between His boughs and the moon in this sky of afternoon.- "Toward the Gulf", Edgar Lee Masters.