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perle

[purl] /pɜrl/
noun
1.
a medicinal capsule that resembles a pearl in shape.
Origin of perle
1885-1890
1885-90; < French: literally, pearl1
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  • Item a goodlie devise for her neke set with stone and perle.

    Mary Tudor, Queen of France Mary Croom Brown
  • "I should think I do," said the lady of the Rue de la perle.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • The body of a mason who had been killed by a gun-shot lay in the Rue de la perle.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • We arrived at the river A La perle at three o'clock and camped for the night having traveled seventeen and a half miles.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • Those convict musicians were playing perle d'Italie, as I bring to mind: a faded but graceful melody.

  • perle des Panaches is white, striped with rose; and Oeillet Parfait is white, striped with light crimson, much like a carnation.

    The Book of Roses Francis Parkman
  • Nothing can be lovelier, you think, till you have put half open perle des Jardins with a dark purple or azure-blue Pansy.

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