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cultured pearl

noun
1.
a pearl induced to form by placement of a grain of sand or another irritating object within the shell of a pearl oyster or mussel.
Also, culture pearl.
Origin of cultured pearl
1920-1925
1920-25
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Examples from the web for cultured pearl
  • The shape of the nucleus and its position in the mussel determines the shape of the cultured pearl.
  • After a period of time, the cultured pearl is removed from the oyster and used in jewelry production.
  • The lining of the pearl sac contains epithelial cells that deposit layers of nacre around the nucleus, forming a cultured pearl.
  • Today, the cultured pearl industry is a multimillion dollar business.
  • The everlasting aim of the industry is to improve the quality of the cultured pearl.
British Dictionary definitions for cultured pearl

cultured pearl

noun
1.
a pearl induced to grow in the shell of an oyster or clam, by the insertion of a small object around which layers of nacre are deposited
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