Pearly



[pur-lee] /ˈpɜr li/

adjective, pearlier, pearliest.
1.
like a , especially in being white or lustrous; nacreous:
her pearly teeth.
2.
adorned with or abounding in or mother-of-pearl.
/ˈpɜːlɪ/
adjective pearlier, pearliest
1.
resembling a pearl, esp in lustre
2.
of the colour pearl; pale bluish-grey
3.
decorated with pearls or mother-of-pearl
noun (in Britain) (pl) pearlies
4.
a London costermonger who wears on ceremonial occasions a traditional dress of dark clothes covered with pearl buttons
5.
(pl) the clothes or the buttons themselves
adj.

early 15c., from pearl + -y (2). Related: Pearliness. The pearly gates of Heaven (or the New Jerusalem) are attested by 1708, from Rev. 21:21.

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