pearly

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pearl +‎ -y

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pearly (countable and uncountable, plural pearlies)

  1. (uncountable, uncommon, dated) A pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.
    pearly colour:    
    • 1830, John Burnet, A practical treatise on painting, page 3:
      In nature we as often find the light cool as warm; also in the pictures of many of the Flemish and Dutch schools, where, as Sir Joshua himself mentions, " the silver gray or pearly is predominant, and are valued by the connoisseurs in proportion as they possess this excellence of a silver tint."
    • 1884, The popular educator‎, page 49: 
      Pearly is that silky and often coloured lustre which renders of such value
    • 1899, St. Louis medical and surgical journal‎, page 126: 
      When (the scales are) more developed and thickened, the color (pearly) is deepened, shading
  2. (countable, UK, especially in plural) tooth

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pearly (comparative pearlier, superlative pearliest)

  1. Of a pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.

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