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noun pearl pronunciation in British English /pɜː(r)l/
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  1. 2
    [uncountable] a hard substance that is inside some shells and looks shiny like a pearl

    pearl buttons

  2. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] someone or something that is considered very good, valuable, or beautiful

    Singapore is sometimes described as the pearl of the Orient.

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