pearl essence

  1. a lustrous, silvery-white substance obtained from the scales of certain fishes or derived synthetically, as from mercuric chloride: used chiefly in the manufacture of simulated pearls and as a pigment in lacquer (pearl lacquer ).

Origin of pearl essence

First recorded in 1920–25

Words Nearby pearl essence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pearl essence in a sentence

  • Other mock pearls are made up of a vitreous composition formed largely of the pearl essence.

    Jewellery | H. Clifford Smith,