General - A lustrous deposit found in the oyster or other molluscs. This object is valued as a semi-precious jewel and appears in many myths. In Borneo, they say that if a pearl is placed in a bottle with some grains of rice and the finger of a dead man is used as a stopper, more pearls will appear. In China, it was said that some dragons could spit out pearls and, if dragons fought in the heavens, pearls could fall like rain. Hindus say that pearls can be found in the head or stomach of elephants. Some say that pearls lose their lustre with age, others that they become dull if the owner is ill. Pearl powdered and dissolved in lemon juice, to form salt of pearl, was said to cure certain illnesses or act as an antidote to poison. On occassion, identified as pearl.

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