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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pearl /pɜːl/ n
  1. a hard smooth lustrous typically rounded structure occurring on the inner surface of the shell of a clam or oyster: consists of calcium carbonate secreted in layers around an invading particle such as a sand grain; much valued as a gem
  2. any artificial gem resembling this
  3. See mother-of-pearl
  4. a person or thing that is like a pearl, esp in beauty or value
  5. a pale greyish-white colour, often with a bluish tinge
adj
  1. of, made of, or set with pearl or mother-of-pearl
  2. having the shape or colour of a pearl
vb
  1. (transitive) to set with or as if with pearls
  2. to shape into or assume a pearl-like form or colour
  3. (intransitive) to dive or search for pearls
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin pernula (unattested), from Latin perna sea mussel
pearl /pɜːl/ n , vb
  1. a variant spelling of purl1, purl1, purl1




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