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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pearl1 /pɝl/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Invertebrates[countable] a smooth, rounded bead, formed within the shells of oysters, valued as a gem.
  2. Jewelry[countable] something resembling this, as in costume jewelry.
  3. [countable] something precious or choice:pearls of wisdom.
  4. [uncountable] a pale gray, often with a bluish tinge.
  5. Jewelrymother-of-pearl.motherofpearl

adj. [before a noun]
  • of or resembling a pearl.
  • pearl•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est. 


    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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