mabe pearl


: a cultured pearl essentially hemispherical in form

called also mabe

Word History


mabe probably from Ryukyuan Japanese (Amami dialect), the pearl oyster Pteria penguin

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mabe pearl was in 1951

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“Mabe pearl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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