- A pearl diver.
- A boat engaged in seeking or trading pearls.
Variant of pearl
- 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
to fish for pearl-bearing mollusks, esp. oysters
- 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
to present something of great interest or value to someone incapable of appreciating it