verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- pear haw,
- pear psylla,
- pear thrips,
- pear, prickly,
- pearl ash,
- pearl barley,
- pearl blue,
- pearl city,
- pearl danio
Origin of pearl1
verb (used with or without object), noun
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of purl1
Examples from the Web for pearl
What was America supposed to do after Pearl Harbor, put the keys to the Golden Gate in an airmail envelope and send them to Tojo?Up To A Point: What We Really Need Is a Nobel War Prize|P. J. O’Rourke|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1882, the Pearl Street station, in lower Manhattan, went on line, with 59 customers – mostly businesses and factories.
But after Pearl Harbor there was no longer a case for special pleading.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’|Clive Irving|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The artist quickly blamed event organizers, and he even criticized the band Pearl Jam for making him late.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, she was among the tens of thousands Japanese-Americans dispatched to internment camps.Remembering Yuri Kochiyama, Civil Rights Activist and Malcolm X Ally|Herb Boyd|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The transitory expression in his eyes—Eleanor saw it now with triumph—was that of one who has thrown a pearl away.The Readjustment|Will Irwin
She was in pearl gray, no powder, no mustache, slim as a reed.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
Then Gallito pushed in and Pearl followed, stepping wearily across the threshold.The Black Pearl|Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
He was confident that the steamer he saw was the Missisquoi, and that Pearl was still in pursuit of him.All Adrift|Oliver Optic
Our lesson was as usual from "the Parables," and the scholars wrote an abstract from the "Pearl of great price."Leaves for a Christmas Bough|Unknown
Word Origin for pearl
Word Origin for purl
Word Origin for purl
mid-13c., from Old French perle (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin perla (mid-13c.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *pernula, diminutive of Latin perna, which in Sicily meant "pearl," earlier "sea-mussel," literally "ham, haunch, gammon," so called for the shape of the mollusk shells.
For pearls before swine, see swine. Pearl Harbor translates Hawaiian Wai Momi, literally "pearl waters," so named for the pearl oysters found there; transferred sense of "effective sudden attack" is attested from 1942 (in reference to Dec. 7, 1941).
"knit with inverted stitches," 1825; earlier "embroider with gold or silver thread" (1520s), probably from Middle English pirlyng "revolving, twisting," of unknown origin. The two senses usually are taken as one word, but even this is not certain. Klein suggests a source in Italian pirolare "to twirl," from pirolo "top." As a noun, from late 14c. as "bordering, frills," 1530s as "twisted thread of gold and silver."
"flow with a murmuring sound," 1580s, imitative, perhaps from a Scandinavian language. Related: Purled; purling.