pearl
I. noun Etymology: Middle English perle, from Anglo-French, probably from Vulgar Latin *pernula, diminutive of Latin perna upper leg, kind of sea mussel; akin to Old English fiersn heel, Greek pternē Date: 14th century 1. a. a dense variously colored and usually lustrous concretion formed of concentric layers of nacre as an abnormal growth within the shell of some mollusks and used as a gem b. mother-of-pearl 2. one that is very choice or precious 3. something resembling a pearl intrinsically or physically 4. a nearly neutral slightly bluish medium gray II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to set or adorn with pearls 2. to sprinkle or bead with pearly drops 3. to form into small round grains 4. to give a pearly color or luster to intransitive verb 1. to form drops or beads like pearls 2. to fish or search for pearls • pearler noun III. adjective Date: 1610 1. a. of, relating to, or resembling pearl b. made of or adorned with pearls 2. having medium-sized grains <
pearl barley
>
IV. noun or transitive verb Etymology: alteration of purl Date: 1824 British picot

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  • Pearl — Pearl, n. [OE. perle, F. perle, LL. perla, perula, probably fr. (assumed) L. pirulo, dim. of L. pirum a pear. See {Pear}, and cf. {Purl} to mantle.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • pearl — pearl1 [pʉrl] n. [ME perle < MFr < VL * perla, *perula, altered (? after L sphaerula,SPHERULE) < L perna, a sea mussel, lit., a ham: from the shape of its peduncle] 1. a smooth, hard, usually white or bluish gray body of varied but… …   English World dictionary

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  • pearl — (n.) mid 13c., from O.Fr. perle (13c.), M.L. perla (mid 13c.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from V.L. *pernula, dim. of L. perna in Sicily, pearl, earlier sea mussel, lit. ham, so called for the shape of the mollusk shells. Another theory connects… …   Etymology dictionary

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