He lifted a small hammer and struck a velvet-voiced bell that stood on the Arabian table of cedar inlaid with nacre and ivory.
The value of the pearl is based on the brilliancy of the nacre, the size, and the form.
nacre is the hard and brilliant substance with which the valves of certain shells are lined in the interior.
The nacre of the columella and within the aperture is bluish-green, and the operculum is rich olive.
Most of the bivalves are supplied with nacre; some of them even yield a blue, or blue and violet pigment.
If any one ask: Has not the self-conscious entity that underlies the illusion about nacre, &c., knowledge only for its nature?
The pearls are polished by shaking them together in a bag with nacre powder.
The Gold-mouthed Turbo is so named from its nacre being of a rich golden yellow.
The specimens collected by Mr. Schoolcraft, vary much in the color of the nacre.
The story is better known, however, by Anatole France's version, included in his "tui de nacre" .
1590s, "type of shellfish that yields mother-of-pearl," from Middle French nacre (14c.), from Italian naccaro (now nacchera), possibly from Arabic naqur "hunting horn" (from nakara "to hollow out"), in reference to the shape of the mollusk shell. Meaning "mother-of-pearl" is from 1718.