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Abalone, a marine snail. It is also called ear shell, sea ear, and ormer. Abalones live in warm areas of the Pacific Ocean, in the Indian Ocean, and on Europe's coasts. The shell is roughly ear-shaped and has a row of three to nine small holes near one edge. It grows to a length of more than 12 inches (30 cm). The shell is lined with an iridescent, pearl-like layer and is used to make mother-of-pearl buttons; it is also polished and sold as a decoration.


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