Origin of nacreous
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He abominated the nacreous flesh tones of Titian, Correggio, or Rubens.Egoists
It is seldom as much as half an inch in length, and has a nacreous interior.Beautiful Shells of New Zealand
E. G. B. Moss
Inside it is white and nacreous, with a large brown area under the apex.
All the trochids are nacreous within the aperturea character which is constant throughout the family.
Within the aperture the surface is nacreous and greenish in tint; the last whorl is drawn in, like gathers, at the suture.
- relating to or consisting of mother-of-pearl
- having the lustre of mother-of-pearlnacreous minerals
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Word Origin and History for nacreous
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- Resembling mother-of-pearl; lustrous.
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