|1.||a hard smooth lustrous typically rounded structure occurring on the inner surface of the shell of a clam or oyster: consists of calcium carbonate secreted in layers around an invading particle such as a sand grain; much valued as a gemRelated: margaric, margaritic|
|2.||any artificial gem resembling this|
|4.||a person or thing that is like a pearl, esp in beauty or value|
|5.||a pale greyish-white colour, often with a bluish tinge|
|6.||a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 5 point|
|7.||of, made of, or set with pearl or mother-of-pearl|
|8.||having the shape or colour of a pearl|
|9.||(tr) to set with or as if with pearls|
|10.||to shape into or assume a pearl-like form or colour|
|11.||(intr) to dive or search for pearls|
|Related: margaric, margaritic|
|[C14: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin pernula (unattested), from Latin perna sea mussel]|
A small sphere of thin glass containing amyl nitrite or other volatile fluid, designed to be crushed, as in a handkerchief, so that its contents can be inhaled.
Any of a number of small tough masses of mucus occurring in the sputum in asthma.
|pearl (pûrl) Pronunciation Key
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.
(Heb. gabish, Job 28:18; Gr. margarites, Matt. 7:6; 13:46; Rev. 21:21). The pearl oyster is found in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Its shell is the "mother of pearl," which is of great value for ornamental purposes (1 Tim. 2:9; Rev. 17:4). Each shell contains eight or ten pearls of various sizes.