from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The pearly internal layer of certain mollusk shells, used to make decorative objects. Also called nacre.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Made from or looking like mother-of-pearl; iridescent or pearly.
- n. The hard pearly inner layer of certain mollusk shells; nacre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The hard, iridescent, pearly internal layer of several kinds of shells, esp. of pearl oysters, river mussels, and the abalone shells; nacre. See pearl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The nacreous inner layer of the shell of various bivalve mollusks, as of the pearl-oyster, when hard, silvery, iridescent, or otherwise sufficiently beautiful to have commercial value; nacre.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell
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Colorful coat buttons on cards, tiny four-holed mother-of-pearl buttons.
The line began with mother-of-pearl charm bracelets, which Ms. Bidermann still makes.
Photographs by Kurt Wilberding Marco Bicego Jaipur bangle crafted in 18-karat yellow gold with citrine and mother-of-pearl, $890, and Jaipur bangle crafted in 18-karat yellow gold with citrine and blue topaz, $890 each, Saks, 877-551-7257
Guitars still get a little adventurous (though less so than in the heyday of 70s metal); accordions still break out a bonanza of mother-of-pearl now and then, as does the occasional drum set.
From the kinky locks of one of the naked young men he drew a hand-carved, fine-toothed comb, the lofty back of which was inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which he later sold in Sydney to a curio shop for eight shillings.
Mr. Jolly estimates he has sewn 12,000 mother-of-pearl buttons onto a single suit, some of which spell out his title across his back: the Pearly King of Crystal Palace.
They are groups of mainly aged "Cockney" Londoners who sew mother-of-pearl buttons on their clothes in lavish designs and sing sentimental pub songs.
It was very Wild West, with mother-of-pearl grips and a worn holster.
Reality hit when they started looking for a fine cotton fabric and mother-of-pearl buttons.
It was small by Susapan standards, twenty six miles on its axis, a bit over seven at its widest diameter, its smooth ovoid surface a mother-of-pearl swirling.
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