nacreous

[ ney-kree-uh s ]
/ ˈneɪ kri əs /

adjective

of or relating to nacre.
resembling nacre; lustrous; pearly.

Origin of nacreous

First recorded in 1830–40; nacre + -ous
Related formssub·na·cre·ous, adjectiveun·na·cre·ous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nacreous

nacreous

/ (ˈneɪkrɪəs) /

adjective

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

nacreous


adj.

"resembling nacre," 1807, from nacre + -ous.

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Medicine definitions for nacreous

nacreous

[ nākrē-əs ]

adj.

Resembling mother-of-pearl; lustrous.
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