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pearl

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noun \ˈpər(-ə)l\

Definition of pearl

  1. 1a :  a dense variously colored and usually lustrous concretion formed of concentric layers of mother-of-pearl as an abnormal growth within the shell of some mollusks and used as a gemb :  mother-of-pearl

  2. 2 :  one that is very choice or precious

  3. 3 :  something resembling a pearl intrinsically or physically

  4. 4 :  a nearly neutral slightly bluish medium gray

Examples of pearl in a Sentence

  1. She wore a string of pearls.

  2. Pearls of dew glistened on the grass.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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pearl

verb

Definition of pearl

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set or adorn with pearls

  3. 2 :  to sprinkle or bead with pearly drops

  4. 3 :  to form into small round grains

  5. 4 :  to give a pearly color or luster to

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to form drops or beads like pearls

  8. 2 :  to fish or search for pearls

pearler

play \ˈpər-lər\ noun

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First Known Use of pearl

14th century


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pearl

adjective

Definition of pearl

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or resembling pearlb :  made of or adorned with pearls

  2. 2 :  having medium-sized grains pearl barley

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First Known Use of pearl

1610

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pearl

noun or transitive verb

Definition of pearl

British

  1. :  picot

Origin and Etymology of pearl

alteration of purl


Pearl

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geographical name \ˈpər(-ə)l\

Definition of Pearl

  1. 1 river about 410 miles (660 kilometers) long in southern Mississippi flowing south into the Gulf of Mexico

  2. 2 — see zhu



PEARL Defined for Kids

pearl

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noun \ˈpərl\

Definition of pearl for Students

  1. 1 :  a smooth rounded shiny usually white body that is formed within the shell of some mollusks (as oysters) usually around an irritating particle which has gotten into the shell

  2. 2 :  mother-of-pearl

  3. 3 :  something like a pearl in shape, color, or value


Medical Dictionary

pearl

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noun \ˈpərl\

Medical Definition of pearl

  1. 1:  perle

  2. 2:  one of the rounded concentric masses of squamous epithelial cells characteristic of certain tumors

  3. 3:  a miliary leproma of the iris

  4. 4:  a rounded abnormal mass of enamel on a tooth



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