What is pearl?

  • (noun): A shape that is small and round.
    Synonyms: drop, bead
    See also — Additional definitions below


A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls (baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable.

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Nancy Pearl
... Nancy Pearl (born January 12, 1945) is an American librarian, best-selling author, literary critic and was, until August 2004, the Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle ... Pearl was named 2011 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal ...
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
... Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American adventure fantasy film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks ... kidnapped Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl, captained by Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) ... The Curse of the Black Pearl was an unexpected success, with positive reviews and grossing over $654 million worldwide ...
Pearl, Mississippi - High Profile Crime
... On October 1, 1997, Luke Woodham went on a shooting spree that ended at Pearl High School, killing two and injuring seven, after earlier stabbing to death his mother ...
Abu Dhabi - History - Pearl Trade
... Abu Dhabi worked in the pearl business and traded with others ... According to a source about pearling, the Persian Gulf was the best location for pearls ... Pearl divers dove for one to one-and-a-half minutes, and would have dived up to thirty times per day ...
Duofold (pen)
... In 1928, Moderne black and pearl (black lined pearl) was introduced as a Deluxe model and Parker signified this by the addition of a third cap ring to the cap ... Additional varieties were introduced burgundy (red and black pearl) Moderne green and pearl (green lined pearl) and finally, green and black pearl (black lined green pearl) ...

More definitions of "pearl":

  • (verb): Gather pearls, from oysters in the ocean.
  • (noun): A smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel.

Famous quotes containing the word pearl:

    Then must you speak
    Of one that loved not wisely but too well;
    Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought,
    Perplexed in the extreme; of one whose hand,
    Like the base Judean threw a pearl away
    Richer than all his tribe.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Pilot to crew. Take a good look at Pearl Harbor. Maybe it’s something you’ll want to remember.
    Dudley Nichols (1895–1960)