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Definition: pearl shell
, 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