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 pearling
Harry Marton was to be left in sole charge at Perth, with a power of attorney to act, and the pearling was to continue as usual.The Second String|Nat Gould
Mr. Donat was once pearling on the uninhabited isle of Haraiki.In the South Seas|Robert Louis Stevenson
Starlight and Jim were having a pitch about the best way to get aboard one of these pearling craft, and how jolly it would be.Robbery Under Arms|Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
That was why she did not kill Lucas de Ayllon at the pearling place as the Cacique wished her to do.The Trail Book|Mary Austin
The pearling skies with rose-breath drinking ours 'Tween sea and dawn!The Mortal Gods and Other Plays|Olive Tilford Dargan
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.