[ ney-ker ]
/ ˈneɪ kər /



Nearby words

  1. nacelle,
  2. nacho,
  3. nachos,
  4. nacods,
  5. nacogdoches,
  6. nacred,
  7. nacreous,
  8. nacreous cloud,
  9. nacro,
  10. nad

Origin of nacre

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin nacrum, nacer, variant of nacara < Old Italian naccara kind of drum, nacre < Arabic naqqārah drum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nacre


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the technical name for mother-of-pearl
Derived Formsnacred, adjective

Word Origin for nacre

C16: via French from Old Italian naccara, from Arabic naqqārah shell, drum

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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for nacre


[ nākər ]

See mother-of-pearl.
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