A pearl is defined as a smooth round gem formed in the shell of an oyster or mollusk, or a fine example of something.
The definition of pearl is to form bead-like drops, or to make something look bluish-gray like the gemstone formed in the shell of an oyster.(verb)
See pearl in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME perle < MFr < VL *perla, *perula, altered (? after L sphaerula, spherule) < L perna, a sea mussel, lit., a ham: from the shape of its peduncle
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
Origin: < pearl
Origin: named for pearls found thereriver in central Miss., flowing south into the Gulf of Mexico: 490 mi (789 km)
See pearl in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English perle
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin *pernula
Origin: , diminutive of perna, ham, seashell (from the shape of the shell).
freshwater (left ) and cultured pearls (right )
verb & n.
Learn more about pearl