A pearl inside an oyster.
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 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 of pearlMiddle 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
cast pearls before swine
Origin of pearlcf. Matt. 7:6
Origin of Pearl; from pearl
Origin of Pearlnamed for pearls found there river in central Miss., flowing south into the Gulf of Mexico: 490 mi (789 km)
- a. A smooth, lustrous, variously colored mass, chiefly of calcium carbonate, formed around a grain of sand or other foreign matter inside the shell of certain bivalve mollusks and valued as a gem.b. A bead resembling one of these masses.
- 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.
verbpearled, pearl·ing, pearls
- To decorate or cover with pearls or beads resembling 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 of pearlMiddle English perle, from Old French, from Latin *pernula, diminutive of perna, ham, seashell (from the shape of the shell).
- 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.
- (figuratively) Something precious.
- A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing liquid for e.g. medicinal application.
- Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.
- A whitish speck or film on the eye.
- A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
- A light-colored tern.
- One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.
- (typography) Five-point size of type, between agate and diamond.
- A fringe or border.
(third-person singular simple present pearls, present participle pearling, simple past and past participle pearled)
- To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.
- To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.
- To resemble pearl or pearls.
- To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.
- (surfing) to dig the nose of one's surfboard into the water, often on takeoff.
From Old French perle, from Medieval Latin perla. The surfing sense is from “pearl diving", it being imagined the surfer is diving down for pearls.
- A female given name from the English noun pearl.