n. 1 A large, edible abalone, ''Haliotis iris'', native to New Zealand, whose shell is used to make jewelry. 2 The shell of this mollusc. 3 A fish hook made from this shell.
Usage examples of "paua".
Stretching, Padraic closed his book and put his pipe into the huge iridescent paua shell which served him as an ashtray.
Down came the tightly knotted golden hair, all its pins put into a paua shell on the bureau.