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.
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.
- To present something of great interest or value to someone incapable of appreciating it.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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.