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1A shade of white resembling the typical colour of a pearl.
2A white pigment containing bismuth, especially one made from basic bismuth nitrate and formerly used as a cosmetic. Also: a white pigment made from crushed mother-of-pearl. Now historical and rare.
Of a shade of white resembling the typical colour of a pearl.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Bibliotheca Anatomica. From pearl + white<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in John Hamilton Reynolds (1794–1852), writer and lawyer. From pearl + white [noun].
pearl white/ˌpəːl ˈwʌɪt/
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