Mother-of-pearl Moth"er-of-pearl`, n. (Zo["o]l.) The hard, iridescent, pearly internal layer of several kinds of shells, esp. of pearl oysters, river mussels, and the abalone shells; nacre. See {Pearl}. [1913 Webster]

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  • mother-of-pearl — [muth′ərəv pʉrl′] n. [transl. of ML mater perlarum: orig. applied to the marine animal, later to the shell] the hard, pearly internal layer of certain marine shells, as of the pearl oyster or abalone, which is used in the arts, in making pearl… …   English World dictionary

  • mother of pearl — (n.) c.1500, translating M.L. mater perlarum, with the first element perhaps connected in popular imagination with obsolete MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.2) dregs. Cf. It. madreperla, Fr. mère perle, Du. parelmoer, Ger. Perlmutter, Dan. perlemor …   Etymology dictionary

  • mother-of-pearl — n [U] a pale coloured hard smooth shiny substance that forms the inside of some ↑shellfish, and is used for making buttons, jewellery etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mother-of-pearl — noun uncount the shiny layer inside some shells, used for making buttons, jewelry, etc …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mother-of-pearl — ► NOUN ▪ a smooth pearly substance lining the shells of oysters, abalones, and certain other molluscs …   English terms dictionary

  • mother-of-pearl — noun the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell • Syn: ↑nacre • Derivationally related forms: ↑nacreous (for: ↑nacre) • Hypernyms: ↑shell * * * ˌmother of ˈpearl …   Useful english dictionary

  • mother-of-pearl — /mudh euhr euhv perrl /, n. 1. a hard, iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of certain mollusk shells, used for making buttons, beads, etc.; nacre. adj. 2. of or having the qualities of mother of pearl, as being iridescent or pearly:… …   Universalium

  • mother-of-pearl — also mother of pearl N UNCOUNT Mother of pearl is the shiny layer on the inside of some shells. It is used to make buttons or to decorate things …   English dictionary

  • mother-of-pearl — perlamutras statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Dvigeldžių moliuskų kriauklės vidinis sluoksnis, susidedantis iš plonų aragonito plokštelių. atitikmenys: angl. mother of pearl; nacre; pearl vok. Perlmutter, f rus. перламутр, m …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • mother-of-pearl — 1. adjective Made from or looking like mother of pearl; iridescent or pearly. 2. noun The hard pearly inner layer of certain mollusk shells; nacre. Syn: nacre …   Wiktionary

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