resembling nacre; lustrous; pearly.
Origin of nacreous
Related formssub·na·cre·ous, adjectiveun·na·cre·ous, adjective
First recorded in 1830–40; nacre
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Historical Examples of nacreous
He abominated the nacreous flesh tones of Titian, Correggio, or Rubens.
It is seldom as much as half an inch in length, and has a nacreous interior.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for nacreous
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
"resembling nacre," 1807, from nacre + -ous.
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Resembling mother-of-pearl; lustrous.
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