|Origin:||perle, from Vulgar Latin pernula, from Latin perna 'mussel'|
a small round white object that forms inside an oyster, and is a valuable jewel:
a string of pearls (=a necklace made of pearls)
a hard shiny substance of various colours formed inside some shellfish, which is used for making buttons or to make objects look attractive [= mother-of-pearl]
wise remarks - used especially when you really think that someone's remarks are slightly stupid:
Thank you for those pearls of wisdom, Emma.
to give something valuable to someone who does not understand its value
a small round drop of liquid:
the pearls of the morning dew
someone or something that is especially good or valuable
excellent thing/person[countable usually singular] old-fashioned
She's a pearl among women.