Idioms

    cast pearls before swine, to offer or give something of great value to those incapable of appreciating it: She read them Shakespeare but it was casting pearls before swine.

Origin of pearl

1
1300–50; Middle English perle < Middle French < Italian or assumed Vulgar Latin *perla (> German Perle, Old English pærl), for Latin *pernula (> Portuguese perola, perhaps Old Saxon përula), diminutive of Latin perna sea mussel

Related forms

pearl·er, nounpearl·ish, adjectivepearl·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pearler (1 of 3)

pearler

/ (ˈpɜːlə) /

noun

a person who dives for or trades in pearls
a boat used while searching for pearls
Australian informal something impressivethat shot was a real pearler

adjective

Australian informal excellent; pleasing

British Dictionary definitions for pearler (2 of 3)

pearl

1
/ (pɜːl) /

noun


adjective

of, made of, or set with pearl or mother-of-pearl
having the shape or colour of a pearl

verb

Word Origin for pearl

C14: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin pernula (unattested), from Latin perna sea mussel

British Dictionary definitions for pearler (3 of 3)

pearl

2
/ (pɜːl) /

noun, verb


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Medicine definitions for pearler

pearl

[ pûrl ]

n.

A small sphere of thin glass containing amyl nitrite or other volatile fluid, designed to be crushed, as in a handkerchief, so that its contents can be inhaled.
Any of a number of small tough masses of mucus occurring in the sputum in asthma.

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Science definitions for pearler

pearl

[ pûrl ]

A smooth, slightly iridescent, white or grayish rounded growth inside the shells of some mollusks. Pearls form as a reaction to the presence of a foreign particle, and consist of thin layers of mother-of-pearl that are deposited around the particle. The pearls of oysters are often valued as gems.

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