Pearl meaning

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One that is highly regarded for its beauty or value.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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It usually takes an average of three years for pearls to achieve their maximum size.
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The majority of the pearls in the market today come from: The Philippines, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Australia, Tahiti, China and India.
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Mother-of-pearl; nacre.
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A type size measuring approximately five points.
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A yellowish white.
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To decorate or cover with pearls or beads resembling pearls.
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To make into the shape or color of pearls.
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To dive or fish for pearls or pearl-bearing mollusks.
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To form beads resembling pearls.
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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.
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Any person or thing regarded as like a pearl in some way, as in size, shape, color, beauty, value, etc.
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A bluish or pinkish gray.
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To adorn or cover with pearls or pearl-like drops.
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To make like a pearl in shape.
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To fish for pearl-bearing mollusks, esp. oysters.
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Of or having pearls.
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Like a pearl in shape or color.
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Made of mother-of-pearl.

Pearl buttons.

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A feminine name.
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River in central Miss., flowing south into the Gulf of Mexico: 490 mi (789 km)
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A smooth, slightly iridescent, white or grayish rounded growth inside the shells of some mollusks. Pearls form as a reaction to the presence of a foreign particle, and consist of thin layers of mother-of-pearl that are deposited around the particle. The pearls of oysters are often valued as gems.
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See Perl.
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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.
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(figuratively) Something precious.
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A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing liquid for e.g. medicinal application.
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A whitish speck or film on the eye.

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A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
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A light-colored tern.
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One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.
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(typography) Five-point size of type, between agate and diamond.
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To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.
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To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.
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To resemble pearl or pearls.
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To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.
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(surfing) To dig the nose of one's surfboard into the water, often on takeoff.
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A female given name from the English noun pearl.
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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.

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A pearl is defined as a smooth round gem formed in the shell of an oyster or mollusk, or a fine example of something.
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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.
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cast pearls before swine
  • To present something of great interest or value to someone incapable of appreciating it.
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Origin of pearl

  • Middle English perle from Old French from Latin pernula diminutive of perna ham, seashell (from the shape of the shell)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary