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purl

  
[1]  
      n  
1      (Also called)    purl stitch          a knitting stitch made by doing a plain stitch backwards  
2    a decorative border, as of lace  
3    gold or silver wire thread  
      vb  
4    to knit (a row or garment) in purl stitch  
5    to edge (something) with a purl,   (Also (for senses 2, 3, 5))    pearl         
     (C16: from dialect pirl to twist into a cord)  


cultured pearl  
      n   a pearl induced to grow in the shell of an oyster or clam, by the insertion of a small object around which layers of nacre are deposited  
mother-of-pearl  
      n   a hard iridescent substance, mostly calcium carbonate, that forms the inner layer of the shells of certain molluscs, such as the oyster. It is used to make buttons, inlay furniture, etc.,   (Also called)    nacre      Related adj       nacreous  
mother-of-pearl moth  
      n   a pyralid moth, Pleuroptya ruralis, having a pale sheen, that is often seen around nettles, on which its green larvae feed  
pearl   [1]  
      n  
1    a hard smooth lustrous typically rounded structure occurring on the inner surface of the shell of a clam or oyster: consists of calcium carbonate secreted in layers around an invading particle such as a sand grain; much valued as a gem  
   Related adjs       margaric       margaritic  
2    any artificial gem resembling this  
3       See       mother-of-pearl  
4    a person or thing that is like a pearl, esp. in beauty or value  
5    a pale greyish-white colour, often with a bluish tinge  
6    a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 5 point  
      adj  
7    of, made of, or set with pearl or mother-of-pearl  
8    having the shape or colour of a pearl  
      vb  
9    tr   to set with or as if with pearls  
10    to shape into or assume a pearl-like form or colour  
11    intr   to dive or search for pearls  
     (C14: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin pernula (unattested), from Latin perna sea mussel)  
pearl   [2]  
      n  
      vb      a variant spelling of       purl   1       2, 3, 5  
pearl ash  
      n   the granular crystalline form of potassium carbonate  
pearl barley  
      n   barley ground into small round grains, used in cooking, esp. in soups and stews  
pearl grey  
      n  
a    a light bluish-grey colour  
b    (as adj)  
pearl-grey shoes     
Pearl Harbor  
      n   an almost landlocked inlet of the Pacific on the S coast of the island of Oahu, Hawaii: site of a U.S. naval base attacked by the Japanese in 1941, resulting in the U.S. entry into World War II  
pearl millet  
      n   a tall grass, Pennisetum glaucum, cultivated in Africa, E Asia, and the southern U.S. as animal fodder and for its pearly white seeds, which are used as grain  
pearl oyster  
      n   any of various tropical marine bivalves of the genus Pinctada and related genera: a major source of pearls  
Pearl River  
      n  
1    a river in central Mississippi, flowing southwest and south to the Gulf of Mexico. Length: 789 km (490 miles)  
2       the English name for the       Zhu Jiang  
seed pearl  
      n   a tiny pearl weighing less than a quarter of a grain  
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purl          [1]  
      n  
1      (Also called)    purl stitch   a knitting stitch made by doing a plain stitch backwards  
2    a decorative border, as of lace  
3    gold or silver wire thread  
      vb  
4    to knit (a row or garment) in purl stitch  
5    to edge (something) with a purl,   (Also (for senses 2, 3, 5))    pearl  
     (C16: from dialect pirl to twist into a cord)  

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