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"pearl" in British English

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pearlnoun

uk   /pɜːl/  us   /pɝːl/
[C or U] a ​small, round ​object, usually ​white, that ​forms around a ​grain of ​sand inside the ​shell of a ​seacreature, ​especially an ​oyster. Pearls are ​valuable and are used to make ​jewellery: a ​string of pearls a pearl ​necklace
pearls [plural]
jewellery made from pearls: He gave her pearls for her ​birthday.
[C] an ​artificially made pearl: cultured pearls
[C] literary a ​smalldrop of ​liquid: There were pearls ofdew on the ​grass.
[U] the ​whiteshinycolour of pearl or a ​palecolour
[U] →  mother-of-pearl : pearl ​buttons
(Definition of pearl from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pearlnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɜrl/
a ​small, ​shiny, hard ​ball, usually ​white or blue-gray, that ​forms around a ​grain of ​sand inside some ​oystershells and is valued as a ​jewel: a ​string of pearls
(Definition of pearl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pearl”
in Korean 진주…
in Arabic لؤْلؤْ…
in Malaysian mutiara…
in French (de) perle (s)…
in Russian жемчуг…
in Chinese (Traditional) 珍珠, 人造珍珠, 液態珠狀物…
in Italian perla…
in Turkish inci…
in Polish perła…
in Spanish perla…
in Vietnamese ngọc trai…
in Portuguese pérola…
in Thai ไข่มุก…
in German die Perle, Perlen-……
in Catalan perla…
in Japanese 真珠, パール…
in Chinese (Simplified) 珍珠, 人造珍珠, 液态珠状物…
in Indonesian mutiara…
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