Found 2 items, similar to pearl oyster.
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Definition: pearl oyster
n : tropical marine bivalve found chiefly off eastern Asia and
Pacific coast of North America and Central America; a
major source of pearls [syn: Pinctada margaritifera
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Definition: Pearl oyster
(ois"t[~e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L.
ostrea, ostreum, Gr. 'o`streon; prob. akin to 'ostre`on bone,
the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. Osseous
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Ostrea.
They are usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed
objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in
brackish water in the mouth of rivers. The common European
oyster (Ostrea edulis
), and the American oyster (Ostrea Virginiana
), are the most important species.
2. A name popularly given to the delicate morsel contained in
a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part
of the back of a fowl.
(Zo["o]l.), any species of the genus
, and allied genera, found in rivers of Africa
and South America. They are irregular in form, and attach
themselves to rocks like oysters, but they have a pearly
interior, and are allied to the fresh-water mussels.
, a breeding place for oysters; a place in a
tidal river or other water on or near the seashore, where
oysters are deposited to grow and fatten for market. See
(Zo["o]l.), See oystercatcher
(Zo["o]l.) a small crab (Pinnotheres ostreum
which lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of the
, a rake or small dragnet for bringing up
oysters from the bottom of the sea.
(a) The tautog.
(b) The toadfish.
(a) A plant of the genus Tragopogon
), the root of which, when cooked,
somewhat resembles the oyster in taste; salsify; --
called also vegetable oyster
(b) A plant found on the seacoast of Northern Europe,
America and Asia (Mertensia maritima
), the fresh
leaves of which have a strong flavor of oysters.
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as oystercatcher
(Zo["o]l.), the shell of an oyster.
, Oyster wife
, Oyster women
, a women who
deals in oysters.
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Pearl
(Zo["o]l.), any spiny marine shell of the
, n. [OE. perle, F. perle, LL. perla, perula,
probably fr. (assumed) L. pirulo, dim. of L. pirum a pear.
, and cf. Purl
1. (Zo["o]l.) A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and
having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in
the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain
bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and
river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is
usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some
irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as
nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Pearls which are round, or
nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as
jewels, and compare in value with the precious stones.
2. Hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl;
something very precious.
I see thee compassed with thy kingdom's pearl.
And those pearls of dew she wears. --Milton.
3. Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.
4. (Zo["o]l.) A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.
5. (Zo["o]l.) A light-colored tern.
6. (Zo["o]l.) One of the circle of tubercles which form the
bur on a deer's antler.
7. A whitish speck or film on the eye. [Obs.] --Milton.
8. A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some
liquid for medicinal application, as ether.
9. (Print.) A size of type, between agate and diamond.
[1913 Webster] [hand] This line is printed in the type
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Ground
, kernels of barley, ground so as to form
small, round grains.
, one who dives for pearl oysters.
, an edge of small loops on the side of some
kinds of ribbon; also, a narrow kind of thread edging to
be sewed on lace.
, cataract. [R.]
, a very pale and delicate blue-gray color.
, Egyptian millet (Penicillaria spicata
. See Carrageen
(Zo["o]l.), any moth of the genus Margaritia
-- so called on account of its pearly color.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
large tropical marine bivalve mollusks of the genus
, or Margaritifera
, found in the East Indies
(especially at Ceylon), in the Persian Gulf, on the coast
of Australia, and on the Pacific coast of America. Called
also pearl shell
, and pearl mussel
. See Pearl white
, sago in the form of small pearly grains.
(Min.), a crystallized variety of dolomite,
having a pearly luster.
(a) Basic bismuth nitrate, or bismuth subchloride; -- used
chiefly as a cosmetic.
(b) A variety of white lead blued with indigo or Berlin