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1pearl

noun \ˈpər(-ə)l\

Definition of PEARL

1
a :  a dense variously colored and usually lustrous concretion formed of concentric layers of nacre as an abnormal growth within the shell of some mollusks and used as a gem
b :  mother-of-pearl
2
:  one that is very choice or precious
3
:  something resembling a pearl intrinsically or physically
4
:  a nearly neutral slightly bluish medium gray

Examples of PEARL

  1. She wore a string of pearls.
  2. Pearls of dew glistened on the grass.

Origin of PEARL

Middle English perle, from Anglo-French, probably from Vulgar Latin *pernula, diminutive of Latin perna upper leg, kind of sea mussel; akin to Old English fiersn heel, Greek pternē
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

2pearl

verb

Definition of PEARL

transitive verb
1
:  to set or adorn with pearls
2
:  to sprinkle or bead with pearly drops
3
:  to form into small round grains
4
:  to give a pearly color or luster to
intransitive verb
1
:  to form drops or beads like pearls
2
:  to fish or search for pearls
pearl·er \ˈpər-lər\ noun

First Known Use of PEARL

14th century

3pearl

adjective

Definition of PEARL

1
a :  of, relating to, or resembling pearl
b :  made of or adorned with pearls
2
:  having medium-sized grains <pearl barley>

First Known Use of PEARL

1610

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

4pearl

noun or transitive verb

Definition of PEARL

British
:  picot

Origin of PEARL

alteration of purl
First Known Use: 1824

Pearl

geographical name \ˈpər(-ə)l\

Definition of PEARL

1
river ab 410 miles (660 kilometers) S Mississippi flowing S into Gulf of Mexico
2
— see zhu

pearl

noun \ˈpərl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PEARL

1
:  perle
2
:  one of the rounded concentric masses of squamous epithelial cells characteristic of certain tumors
3
:  a miliary leproma of the iris
4
:  a rounded abnormal mass of enamel on a tooth

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