mabe pearl
noun Etymology: mabe probably from Ryukyuan Japanese (Amami dialect), the pearl oyster Pteria penguin Date: 1951 a cultured pearl essentially hemispherical in form — called also mabe

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  • mabe pearl — /meɪb ˈpɜl/ (say mayb perl), /meɪbi/ (say maybee) noun a hemispherical cultured pearl consisting of a hollow blister of mother of pearl cut from the shell, filled with a resinous compound, sealed with a disc of mother of pearl, and carefully… …   Australian English dictionary

  • mabe pearl — /mayb, mah bee/ a smooth cultured pearl cultivated in a hemispherical shape so that it has one flat and one convex surface. Also, mobe pearl. [orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • mabe pearl — /mayb, mah bee/ a smooth cultured pearl cultivated in a hemispherical shape so that it has one flat and one convex surface. Also, mobe pearl. [orig. uncert.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mabe — may refer to:*Mabe, Cornwall, a village and civil parish in the Kerrier district of Cornwall, United Kingdom. *Mabe Mexico, a producer of white goods for GE and Kenmore in the US and Canada. *Mabe pearl, a dome shaped cultured pearl grown on the… …   Wikipedia

  • Pearl of Lao Tzu — The Pearl of Lao Tzu (also referred to as Pearl of Lao Tze and Pearl of Allah [ [http://www.research.amnh.org/invertzoo/malacology/research/pearls/famous.html Famous Pearls] ] ) is the largest known pearl in the world. It is not a gem quality… …   Wikipedia

  • mabe — noun see mabe pearl …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • mabe oyster — /meɪb ˈɔɪstə/ (say mayb oystuh), /meɪbi/ (say maybee) noun the black winged pearl oyster, Pteria penguin, found in south east Asian waters, which has one flat and one concave shaped shell, used for the production of cultured pearls …   Australian English dictionary

  • mabe — ˈmāb noun ( s) Etymology: origin unknown : a cultured pearl that is essentially hemispherical in form …   Useful english dictionary

  • blister pearl — /ˈblɪstə pɜl/ (say blistuh perl) noun a pearl of irregular shape growing on the oyster s inner shell. See mabe pearl …   Australian English dictionary

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