Pearl vs purl

A pearl is a lustrous, spherical gem that grows inside an oyster, clam or other bi-valve mollusk. A pearl is made up of calcium carbonate that forms in layers around a speck of sand. Pearls are generally white or grayish. Pearl may also be used to describe an artificial gem that resembles a pearl or something with the luster or color of a pearl. Pearl may be used as a noun, adjective or verb to describe applying pearls decoratively or harvesting pearls. Related words are pearls, pearled, pearling, pearlize, pearler. Pearl may be used figuratively to describe something precious.

Purl is a knitting stitch which basically consists of executing a plain stitch, backward. Purl may also describe an edging made of purl stitches. Purl may be used as an adjective and a verb, related words are purls, purled, purling.


In October, a reporter from a Shandong television station found, upon undergoing a CT scan, that the overly chewy tapioca pearls she swallowed with a cup of bubble tea from a local shop were left undigested in her stomach. (The Epoch Times)

In Western Australia alone, the total allowable annual catch of oysters per licensed pearl production company is 572,000 oysters, or approximately US$200 million dollars’ worth of pearls. (The Asian Scientist Magazine)

“We weren’t quite sure what it was, we thought they might be pearls but finding natural pearls in nature is hard enough, let alone finding an opalised one.” (The Advertiser)

Tyler was a child when her mother taught her knit and purl stitches. (The Traverse City Record Eagle)

Knit one, purl two, local knit club welcomes you (The Winnipeg Free Press)

Knitting 101 teaches the basic concepts of knitting (how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and read an easy pattern) for those who seek them, and it affords an opportunity to learn some new skills by tackling an advanced project with supervision for experienced knitters. (The Boston Globe)

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