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- (uncountable, uncommon, dated) A pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.
- 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
- (countable, Britain, slang, especially in plural) A tooth.
- Of a pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.
- Resembling or characteristic of a pearl; nacreous.
- a pearly lustre
- Containing or yielding pearls.
- Having a pure sweet tone.