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 pearls
Later in the film, when she comes on wearing a strand of pearls, he snorts, “She looks like the queen.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Caligula drank “pearls of great price dissolved in vinegar.”
Both have elicited the same hand wringing and pearls clutching.
Plenty of us women were enjoying the same behavior (clutch your pearls); it was fun.Dear Princeton Mom, Stop Telling Me To Husband-Hunt|Emily Shire|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Miller first appeared on the cover of Vogue in 1927 in a blue hat and pearls, drawn by renowned French illustrator Georges Lepape.‘Lee Miller in Fashion’: A Look at the Famed War Photographer’s More Unknown Work|Erin Cunningham|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She too holds a fan, and wears a gown of rich brocade with bodice and sleeves thickly sown with pearls.Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan and Lorraine, 1522-1590|Julia Cartwright
Each nobleman received a bag of diamonds as a gift, each noble lady a rope of pearls.The Green Forest Fairy Book|Loretta Ellen Brady
She was not wearing her beautiful rope of pearls, therefore they were, without a doubt, safe in the case.The Golden Face|William Le Queux
A week ago these pearls were round the fair neck of my Lady Wendover.Madame Flirt|Charles E. Pearce
What had become of her jewels, her bracelets of diamonds, her chaplet of pearls?The Spanish Cavalier|Charlotte Maria Tucker
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.
see cast pearls before swine.