Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Producing pearls, as a pearl-mussel or pearl-oyster; mar-garitiferous.
“The shell of the pearl-bearing mollusc is also composed of these two substances.”
“Moreover, like the bison and the wild pigeon, the pearl-bearing molluscs may be greatly diminished in numbers or even exterminated by the greed of man and his fearfully destructive methods of harvesting nature's productions.”
“The same life-giving attributes were also acquired by the other pearl-bearing shells; and at some subsequent period, when it was discovered that some of these shells could be used as trumpets, the sound produced was also believed to be life-giving or the voice of the great Giver of Life.”
“Small pests were destroyed to protect the beginnings of agriculture; larger animals like the boar were hunted out of existence; others, like the pearl-bearing river-mussels, yielded to subtler demands.”
“It should be known that the pearl-bearing oyster of the Indian Ocean is only remotely related to the edible variety of America and Europe.”
“The pearl-bearing oyster is of a more delicate nature than most of the other acephalous mollusca.”
“Sea, from the pearl-bearing Margarita on the south, Deseada on the east, to”
“Until the late 1800's, Pearl Harbor was teeming with pearl-bearing [[oyster]] s, hence the name”
“The pearl-bearing mussel is longer than the other kinds, flatter and darker, and the lining of mother-of-pearl is equal to half the total thickness of the shell. [”
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