mother-of-pearl definition

  • noun:
    • The pearly internal level of specific mollusk shells, familiar with make decorative objects. Also referred to as nacre.
    • The tough pearly internal level of particular mollusk shells; nacre.
    • The tough, iridescent, pearly inner level of a few forms of shells, esp. of pearl oysters, river mussels, together with abalone shells; nacre. See pearl.
    • The nacreous inner level of this shell of varied bivalve mollusks, since the pearl-oyster, when tough, silvery, iridescent, or elsewhere sufficiently breathtaking to own commercial value; nacre.
    • the iridescent inner layer of a mollusk shell
  • adjective:
    • Made from or appearing like mother-of-pearl; iridescent or pearly.

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