A pearl is defined as a smooth round gem formed in the shell of an oyster or mollusk, or a fine example of something.
Facts About Pearls
- Natural pearls are formed in the oyster’s stomach when an external irritant, such as a grain or sand, finds its way inside the shell. To protect itself, the oyster releases nacre, which is actually the same substance that forms the inside of the shell.
- Cultured pearls are produced the same way as natural pearls however a pearl farmer would open the shell of the oyster, cut a slit in its mantle to insert an irritant such as a grain of sand. The oyster will then go on an produce layers of nacre around the grain of sand, forming a pearl.
- As layers and layers of nacre are secreted, the irritant becomes enveloped inside a smooth material. Over time, all these layers will accumulate –like forming a snowball - and eventually they will create a round, shiny pearl.
- A pearl can be white, black, pink, blue, green, red, and black. Black pearls are extremely rare and are only found in the South Pacific.
- It usually takes an average of three years for pearls to achieve their maximum size.
- The majority of the pearls in the market today come from: The Philippines, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Australia, Tahiti, China and India.
- Natural and cultured pearls can be harvested from both fresh and saltwater. Saltwater pears are considered higher in quality since most freshwater pearls have lumpier construction and shapes.
- A white bead that is made into a necklace is an example of a pearl.
- Your best advice is an example of a pearl of wisdom.
- 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.
- When raindrops form little beads on the window, this is an example of when they pearl on the window.
- When the sky is bluish-gray, this is an example of when the sky pearls.
A pearl inside an oyster.
pearl definition by Webster's New World
- a smooth, hard, usually white or bluish-gray body of varied but usually roundish shape that is an abnormal nacreous growth within the shell of some oysters and certain other bivalve mollusks and forms around a grain of sand, a parasite, or some other foreign object: it is used as a gem
- any person or thing regarded as like a pearl in some way, as in size, shape, color, beauty, value, etc.
- the color of some pearls, a bluish gray
Origin: Middle English perle ; from Middle French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form perla, an unverified form perula, altered (? after Classical Latin sphaerula, spherule) ; from Classical Latin perna, a sea mussel, literally , a ham: from the shape of its peduncle
- to adorn or cover with pearls or pearl-like drops
- to make like a pearl in shape
- of or having pearls
- like a pearl in shape or color
- made of mother-of-pearl: pearl buttons
- pearler noun
Origin: ; from pearl
Origin: named for pearls found thereriver in central Miss., flowing south into the Gulf of Mexico: 490 mi (789 km)
pearl definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- Mother-of-pearl; nacre.
- One that is highly regarded for its beauty or value.
- Printing A type size measuring approximately five points.
- A yellowish white.
- To decorate or cover with or as if with pearls.
- To make into the shape or color of pearls.
- To dive or fish for pearls or pearl-bearing mollusks.
- To form beads resembling pearls.
Origin: Middle English perle, from Old French, from Latin *pernula, diminutive of perna, ham, seashell (from the shape of the shell).
freshwater (left ) and cultured pearls (right )
verb & n.
pearl - Computer Definition
pearl - Medical Definition
- A small sphere of thin glass containing amyl nitrite or other volatile fluid, designed to be crushed, as in a handkerchief, so that its contents can be inhaled.
- Any of a number of small tough masses of mucus occurring in the sputum in asthma.
pearl - Phrases/Idioms
cast pearls before swine
Etymology: cf. Matt. 7:6
pearl - Science Definition