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A pearl is a hard glistening object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk or another animal, such as a conulariid. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite) in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes, known as baroque pearls, can occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Because of this, pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those currently sold. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor and is easily distinguished from that of genuine pearls. Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry, but in the past were also used to adorn clothing. They have also been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines and paint formulations. Whether wild or cultured, gem-quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, like the interior of the shell that produces them. However, almost all species of shelled mollusks are capable of producing pearls (technically "calcareous concretions") of lesser shine or less spherical shape. Although these may also be legitimately referred to as "pearls" by gemological labs and also under U.S. Federal Trade Commission rules, and are formed in the same way, most of them have no value except as curiosities..

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Definitions of "pearl"

  • A smooth, lustrous, variously colored deposit, chiefly calcium carbonate, formed around a grain of sand or other foreign matter in the shells of certain mollusks and valued as a gem. noun
  • Mother-of-pearl; nacre. noun
  • One that is highly regarded for its beauty or value. noun
  • Printing A type size measuring approximately five points. noun
  • A yellowish white. noun
  • To decorate or cover with or as if with pearls. verb-transitive
  • To make into the shape or color of pearls. verb-transitive
  • To dive or fish for pearls or pearl-bearing mollusks. verb-intransitive
  • To form beads resembling pearls. verb-intransitive
  • Variant of purl2. verb
  • A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Pearls which are round, or nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as jewels, and compare in value with the precious stones. noun
  • Something precious. noun
  • A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing liquid for e.g. medicinal application. noun
  • Nacre, or mother-of-pearl. noun
  • A whitish speck or film on the eye. noun
  • A fish allied to the turbot; the brill. noun
  • A light-colored tern. noun
  • One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler. noun
  • Five-point size of type, between agate and diamond. noun

The word "pearl" in example sentences

The Latin for a pearl and onion is _unio_, and the pun refers to Cleopatra giving her _pearl_ (or _onion_) to Antony in a draught of wine, or, as some say, drinking it herself in toasting her lover.. [Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol. 1 A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook]

The phrase pearl clutching, which means being shocked by something once-salacious that should now be seen as commonplace. [Slate Articles]

Our little ocean pearl is in the way of some industrialist aliens, known as Vogons, building an intergalactic highway.. [Archive 2009-09-01]

I imagine the pearl is named so because it cries out to thieves like yourself.. [Archive 2009-12-01]

BAIT: Go with a 6-inch Ultimate Gitzit (3) in pearl, rigged Texas-style with a 6/0 worm hook and 1/4-ounce bullet sinker.. [Part I: Locate Your Lake's Biggest Spawning Bass]

This pearl comes from the folks at Greenpeace, with the help of their ad agency Ogilvy, from Beijing, China.. ["Everyone's Entitled To An Opinion"]

The pearl is flawless, pigeon-egg size, transluscent and softly luminous.. [“Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, . . . .”]

By the time Raoul returns to accept Mapuhi's original price, the pearl is in Levy's possession and a huge storm is coming, the barometer falling, the 1,200 inhabitants of Hikueru in peril.. [“Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray, . . . .”]

A 400-grain pearl, found in the same area, now forms part of the Spanish crown jewels.. [Did you know? Mexico was once the world's major source of pearls.]

His wife Juana soon realizes that the pearl is evil … "Throw the pearl back into the sea or it will destroy us.". [The Pearl: a novella by John Steinbeck]

Unlike most precious stones and gems, which require faceting to reveal their splendor, the pearl is perfect in its natural state and may be seen to manifest the universal monad, a notion familiar to the court of Urbino through the De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii of Martianus Capella and the interests of Nicholas of Cusa. 127. [Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro]

A war has been fought over the Eldarin pearl for a long time, until the coming of the Dark Moon.. [Archive 2007-01-01]

November 21st, 2007 at 7: 54 am affleckwasthebomb says: no … not in pearl harbo (u) r …. .if only you could see my shame ….. [HAS KEVIN SMITH SEEN THE AMATEURS?]

Now that little pearl comes from the stores which sell brand spanking new untouched by human error computers.. [Sentiment Analysis for Internet Explorer; Comparing to Firefox]

Use a size 15A Bomber Long A in pearl, chartreuse-and-pearl, or Wonderbread colors, or a Fishlander 4¾-inch (or larger) Magnum Spoon in silver with green prism tape.. [Three Trolling Tactics for Walleye, Pike, and Lake Trout (and How to Rig Them)]

One of the best lures for high-water trout is a crappie-size spinner-jig, with a 1/4-ounce fluorescent red or green leadhead, a small silver blade, and a plastic grub tail in pearl or black.. [Field and Stream Guide: 50 Ways to Catch Spring Trout]

Pearl Translates

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i. inci; inci gibi şey; inci rengi; sedef; matb. beş puntoluk harf. pearl barley kabuğu soyulmuş ve yuvarlak hale getirilmiş arpa. pearl diver, pearler i. inci avcısı. pearl fish incibalığı, zool. Alburnus lucidus. pearl fishery inci avcılığı; inci avlanan yer. pearl gray inci rengi, mavimtırak açık gri . pearl oyster inci istiridyesi. pearlweed, pearlwort i. mercan otu, bot. Sagina procumbens pearly s. inci gibi; incilerle süslenmiş pearly gates cennet kapısı.i. inci; inci gibi şey; inci rengi; sedef; matb. beş puntoluk harf. pearl barley kabuğu soyulmuş ve yuvarlak hale getirilmiş arpa. pearl diver, pearler i. inci avcısı. pearl fish incibalığı, zool. Alburnus lucidus. pearl fishery inci avcılığı; inci avlanan yer. pearl gray inci rengi, mavimtırak açık gri . pearl oyster inci istiridyesi. pearlweed, pearlwort i. mercan otu, bot. Sagina procumbens pearly s. inci gibi; incilerle süslenmiş pearly gates cennet kapısı.

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Pearlian12
2019-01-10

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Moses87974349
2019-01-10

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magah_pearl
Magah_pearl
2019-01-10

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Pearl Word Data

  • Pronunciations(pûrl)
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  • Hyphenation pearl

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Nacre Granulate

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