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Definition of Pearl

Pearl

  1. A fringe or border.
  2. To fringe; to border.
  3. 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.
  4. Hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl; something very precious.
  5. Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.
  6. A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
  7. A light-colored tern.
  8. One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.
  9. A whitish speck or film on the eye.
  10. A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some liquid for medicinal application, as ether.
  11. A size of type, between agate and diamond.
  12. Of or pertaining to pearl or pearls; made of pearls, or of mother-of-pearl.
  13. To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.
  14. To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.
  15. To resemble pearl or pearls.
  16. To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.

Pearl Quotations

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.
Tahar Ben Jelloun

Some calamities - the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 - have come like summer lightning, as bolts from the blue. The looming crisis of America's Ponzi entitlement structure is different. Driven by the demographics of an aging population, its causes, timing and scope are known.
George Will

I developed my training routine going into my senior year at Jackson State. I found this sandbank by the Pearl River near my hometown, Columbia, Miss. I laid out a course of 65 yards or so. Sixty-five yards on sand is like 120 on turf, but running on sand helps you make your cuts at full speed.
Walter Payton

Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no!
John Belushi

I'm not going to say I'm not a fan, but I'm a fan of house music, essentially, and kind of indie, and I was always into the kind of sub-pop Seattle Mud Honey and Pearl Jam kind of sound. But my kind of big love was house music ever since I was 15/16, going to raves when I was 15 or 16 years old and not going to school, like a naughty boy.
Nick Frost
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Pearl Translations

pearl in Dutch is parel
pearl in Finnish is helmi
pearl in French is perle
pearl in German is Perle
pearl in Italian is perla
pearl in Norwegian is perle
pearl in Spanish is perla