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mother-of-pearl

[ muhth-er-uhv-purl ]
/ ˈmʌð ər əvˈpɜrl /
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noun
a hard, iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of certain mollusk shells, used for making buttons, beads, etc.; nacre.
adjective
of or having the qualities of mother-of-pearl, as being iridescent or pearly: mother-of-pearl buttons.
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Origin of mother-of-pearl

1500–10; compare Italian madreperla,obsolete French mère perle
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British Dictionary definitions for mother-of-pearl

mother-of-pearl

noun
a hard iridescent substance, mostly calcium carbonate, that forms the inner layer of the shells of certain molluscs, such as the oyster. It is used to make buttons, inlay furniture, etcAlso called: nacre Related adjective: nacreous
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Scientific definitions for mother-of-pearl

mother-of-pearl

The hard, smooth, pearly layer on the inside of certain seashells, such as abalones and certain oysters. It is used to make buttons and jewelry. Also called nacre
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