Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of, resembling, or pertaining to nacre or mother-of-pearl: as, a nacreous luster; a nacreous layer.
- Producing or possessing nacre, as shells which have a certain luster or lustrous layer on their inner surface.
- In bacteriology, applied to colonies which are of a translucent, grayish-white color with a pearly luster.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Consisting of, or resembling, nacre; pearly.
- adj. consisting of or resembling mother-of-pearl
- adj. having a play of lustrous rainbow colors
“Unofficial Neal Asher drinking game: take a shot whenever he uses the words "nacreous" or "actinic.”
“There are other ways you can “get nacreous,” however, and thereby jump start the creative process and become the world-famous writer you've always wanted to be.”
“If, despite having your pencils lined up and a fresh piece of paper in your typewriter, or a cool white computer screen in front of you, you find yourself unable to write, it may be because you're not nacreous enough.”
“I am worth more, for it is I who bring them forth, sing them forth - luminous nacreous spheres tumbling forth, scattering on the ground.”
“That same wind sundered the clouds to reveal a swollen, pocked moon, and a shaft of nacreous moonglow doused the ground before my feet.”
“Her legs were encased in a sickly green, nacreous material that was solid from the knees down, breaking apart into a delicate lace patterning over her thighs and waist.”
“The parking lot is full, the grass is covered with cars, there are even cars out on the street, everywhere there are cars, and in each car are people sheened with sweat, going nacreous as onions fried in butter; I can see through their clammy melting skin to the dry dusty dust of their bones.”
“As if to correct the one or the other, he thrust his tongue into the nacreous coils of her ear, smothering all the while her breasts with his hands, lest their rocking motion somehow interfere with the process of correction.”
“In places the shale had flaked away giving the tower a mottled appearance; black nacreous scales littered the base of the walls and gleamed among the grasses.”
“More on nacreous or polar stratospheric clouds, link.”
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