cultured pearl

cultured pearl
noun (C) a pearl (1) that has been grown artificially

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  • cultured pearl — cultured pearls N COUNT A cultured pearl is a pearl that is created by putting sand or grit into an oyster …   English dictionary

  • cultured pearl — n. a pearl grown within a mollusk by controlled stimulation, as by insertion of a bead of mother of pearl …   English World dictionary

  • cultured pearl — n a ↑pearl that has been grown artificially …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cultured pearl — noun count a type of PEARL grown artificially, instead of that grows in an OYSTER …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Cultured pearl — A newly opened Hyriopsis cumingi, freshwater mussel, showing the rows of cultured pearls inside. A cultured pearl is a pearl created by a pearl farmer under controlled conditions. Development of a pearl A pearl is formed when the mantle tissue is …   Wikipedia

  • cultured pearl — noun also culture pearl : a natural pearl grown under controlled conditions (as by inserting a seed pearl into the mantle of an oyster and keeping the oyster in a sea bed for some years) * * * a pearl induced to form by placement of a grain of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cultured pearl — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cultured pearl : singular cultured pearl plural cultured pearls a type of pearl grown artificially, instead of one that grows naturally in an oyster …   English dictionary

  • cultured pearl — a pearl induced to form by placement of a grain of sand or another irritating object within the shell of a pearl oyster or mussel. Also, culture pearl. [1920 25] * * * ▪ gem       natural but cultivated pearl produced by a mollusk after the… …   Universalium

  • cultured pearl — cul′tured pearl′ n. jew a pearl induced to form by placement of a grain of sand or another irritating object within the shell of a pearl oyster or mussel • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • cultured pearl — /kʌltʃəd ˈpɜl/ (say kulchuhd perl) noun a pearl grown around a speck of foreign matter artificially introduced into the shell of an oyster or clam …  

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