pearl

pearl
pearl [pə:l US pə:rl] n
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1¦(jewel)¦
2¦(hard substance)¦
3 pearls of wisdom
4 cast/throw pearls before swine
5¦(liquid)¦
6¦(excellent thing/person)¦
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: perle, from Vulgar Latin pernula, from Latin perna 'mussel']
1.) ¦(JEWEL)¦
a small round white object that forms inside an ↑oyster, and is a valuable jewel
a pearl necklace
a string of pearls (=anecklace made of pearls)
2.) ¦(HARD SUBSTANCE)¦[U]
a hard shiny substance of various colours formed inside some ↑shellfish, which is used for making buttons or to make objects look attractive
3.) pearls of wisdom
wise remarks - used especially when you really think that someone's remarks are slightly stupid
Thank you for those pearls of wisdom, Emma.
4.) cast/throw pearls before swine
formal to give something valuable to someone who does not understand its value
5.) ¦(LIQUID)¦ literary
a small round drop of liquid
the pearls of the morning dew
6.) ¦(EXCELLENT THING/PERSON)¦ [C usually singular]
old-fashioned someone or something that is especially good or valuable
pearl among
She's a pearl among women.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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