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Idioms about pearl

    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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pearl

pearler, nounpearlish, adjectivepearllike, adjective

Other definitions for pearl (2 of 2)

Pearl
[ purl ]
/ pɜrl /

noun
a town in central Mississippi.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for pearl (1 of 2)

pearl1
/ (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 pearl (2 of 2)

pearl2
/ (pɜːl) /

noun, verb
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Scientific definitions for pearl

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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