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.
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- 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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