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PEARL, n. perl.

1. A white, hard, smooth, shining body, usually roundish, found in a testaceous fish of the oyster kind. The pearl-shell is called matrix perlarum, mother of pearl, and the pearl is found only in the softer part of the animal. It is found in the Persian seas and in many parts of the ocean which washes the shores of Arabia and the continent and isles of Asia, and is taken by divers. Pearls are of different sizes and colors; the larger ones approach to the figure of a pear; some have been found more than an inch in length. They are valued according to their size, their roundness, and their luster or purity, which appears in a silvery brightness.

2. Poetically, something round and clear, as a drop of water or dew.

3. A white speck of film growing on the eye.

PEARL,v.t. perl. To set or adorn with pearls.

PEARL, v.i. perl. To resemble pearls.




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PEARL, n. perl.

1. A white, hard, smooth, shining body, usually roundish, found in a testaceous fish of the oyster kind. The pearl-shell is called matrix perlarum, mother of pearl, and the pearl is found only in the softer part of the animal. It is found in the Persian seas and in many parts of the ocean which washes the shores of Arabia and the continent and isles of Asia, and is taken by divers. Pearls are of different sizes and colors; the larger ones approach to the figure of a pear; some have been found more than an inch in length. They are valued according to their size, their roundness, and their luster or purity, which appears in a silvery brightness.

2. Poetically, something round and clear, as a drop of water or dew.

3. A white speck of film growing on the eye.

PEARL,v.t. perl. To set or adorn with pearls.

PEARL, v.i. perl. To resemble pearls.


PEARL, n. [perl; Fr. perle. It. and Sp. perla; Ir. pearla; Sax. pearl; Sw. pärla; D. paarl; G. perle; W. perlyn. This may be radically the same word as beryl, and so named from its clearness.]

  1. A white, hard, smooth, shining body, usually roundish, found in a testaceous fish of the oyster kind. The pearl shell is called matrix perlarum, mother of pearl, and the pearl is found only in the softer part of the animal. It is found in the Persian seas and in many parts of the ocean which washes the shores of Arabia and the continent and isles of Asia, and is taken by divers. Pearls are of different sizes and colors; the larger ones approach to the figure of a pear; some have been found more than an inch in length. They are valued according to their size, their roundness, and their luster or purity, which appears in a silvery brightness. – Cyc. Nicholson. Encyc.
  2. Poetically, something round and clear, as a drop of water or dew. – Drayton.
  3. A white speck or film growing on the eye. – Ainsworth.

PEARL, v.i. [perl.]

To resemble pearls. – Spenser.


PEARL, v.t. [perl.]

To set or adorn with pearls.


Pearl
  1. A fringe or border.

    [Obs.] -- v. t.
  2. 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.
  3. Of or pertaining to pearl or pearls; made of pearls, or of mother-of-pearl.
  4. To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.
  5. To resemble pearl or pearls.
  6. Hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl; something very precious.

    I see thee compassed with thy kingdom's pearl. Shak.

    And those pearls of dew she wears. Milton.

  7. To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.
  8. To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.
  9. Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.
  10. A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
  11. A light-colored tern.
  12. One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.
  13. A whitish speck or film on the eye.

    [Obs.] Milton.
  14. A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some liquid for medicinal application, as ether.
  15. A size of type, between agate and diamond.

    * This line is printed in the type called pearl.

    Ground pearl. (Zoöl.) See under Ground. -- Pearl barley, kernels of barley, ground so as to form small, round grains. -- Pearl diver, one who dives for pearl oysters. -- Pearl edge, an edge of small loops on the side of some kinds of ribbon; also, a narrow kind of thread edging to be sewed on lace. -- Pearl eye, cataract. [R.] -- Pearl gray, a very pale and delicate blue-gray color. -- Pearl millet, Egyptian millet (Penicillaria spicata). -- Pearl moss. See Carrageen. -- Pearl moth (Zoöl.), any moth of the genus Margaritia; -- so called on account of its pearly color. -- Pearl oyster (Zoöl.), any one of several species of large tropical marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Meleagrina, or Margaritifera, found in the East Indies (especially at Ceylon), in the Persian Gulf, on the coast of Australia, and on the Pacific coast of America. Called also pearl shell, and pearl mussel. -- Pearl powder. See Pearl white, below. -- Pearl sago, sago in the form of small pearly grains. -- Pearl sinter (Min.), fiorite. -- Pearl spar (Min.), a crystallized variety of dolomite, having a pearly luster. -- Pearl white. (a) Basic bismuth nitrate, or bismuth subchloride; -- used chiefly as a cosmetic. (b) A variety of white lead blued with indigo or Berlin blue.

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Pearl

PEARL, noun perl.

1. A white, hard, smooth, shining body, usually roundish, found in a testaceous fish of the oyster kind. The pearl-shell is called matrix perlarum, mother of pearl and the pearl is found only in the softer part of the animal. It is found in the Persian seas and in many parts of the ocean which washes the shores of Arabia and the continent and isles of Asia, and is taken by divers. Pearls are of different sizes and colors; the larger ones approach to the figure of a pear; some have been found more than an inch in length. They are valued according to their size, their roundness, and their luster or purity, which appears in a silvery brightness.

2. Poetically, something round and clear, as a drop of water or dew.

3. A white speck of film growing on the eye.

PEARL, verb intransitive perl. To set or adorn with pearls.

PEARL, verb intransitive perl. To resemble pearls.

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