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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 sea creature, 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 small drop of liquid: There were pearls of dew on the grass.
[U] the white shiny colour of pearl or a pale colour
[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 oyster shells 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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