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pearl

pearl

 
pronunciation:
puhrl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
phrases:
cast pearls before swine
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a smooth, hard, glossy deposit, valued as a gem, that is formed inside the shells of oysters and some other mollusks to cover an irritant object such as a grain of sand.
definition 2: the nacreous deposit that lines the insides of some mollusks' shells; mother-of-pearl.
definition 3: a person or thing considered to be beautiful or valuable.
similar words:
gem, jewel, treasure
phrase: cast pearls before swine
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pearled, pearling, pearls
definition: to ornament with or as if with pearls.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to dive for or seek pearls.
definition 2: to form into beads that resemble pearls.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: like pearls in shape or color.
definition 2: set with pearls, as jewelry.
derivations: pearl-like (adj.), pearler (n.)
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  jewelry, mollusk