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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A substance prepared from the scales of the bleak, Alburnus lucidus, and of various cyprinoid and clupeoid fishes, used in making artificial pearls and for other purposes. See imitation pearls; under pearl, and oriental-pearl essence, under essence.
  • n. A cosmetic of various composition, usually a basic nitrate of bismuth.

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