cultured pearl

or culture pearl


noun

a pearl induced to form by placement of a grain of sand or another irritating object within the shell of a pearl oyster or mussel.

Nearby words

  1. culture trait,
  2. culture vulture,
  3. culture war,
  4. culture-free test,
  5. cultured,
  6. culturist,
  7. culturology,
  8. culturomics,
  9. cultus,
  10. cultus coolee

Origin of cultured pearl

First recorded in 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for cultured pearl

cultured pearl

noun

a pearl induced to grow in the shell of an oyster or clam, by the insertion of a small object around which layers of nacre are deposited
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