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seed pearl

a pearl weighing less than ¼ grain.
Origin of seed pearl
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Yes, my "seed pearl" bit is pretty, I admit; it was like the thing.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • The first seven oysters I examined, contained nothing but seed pearl, and not many of these.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • In a few minutes I had seventy-three just such pearls, besides a quantity of seed pearl.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • In addition to these, I got in all, one hundred and eighty-seven of the size of peas, besides a large handful of the seed pearl.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • Once upon a time there was a seed pearl that dropped from the robe of a green fairy.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • The only ornament worn by her was a large burnt topaz—that stone which fire turns a rose red tint—attached to a seed pearl chain.

    Jane Oglander

    Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • She had a row of seed pearl like her sister, and one rose of faintest pink nestled in her virgin bosom.

    The Ladies E. Barrington
British Dictionary definitions for seed pearl

seed pearl

a tiny pearl weighing less than a quarter of a grain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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