from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See mother-of-pearl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pearly substance which lines the interior of many shells, and is most perfect in the mother-of-pearl.
- adj. Having the peculiar iridescence of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, or an iridescence resembling it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mother-of-pearl.
- Having an iridescence resembling that of mother-of-pearl; nacreous: a French word applied in English to decorative objects: as, nacré porcelain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell
French, from Old French nacle, from Old Italian naccaro, drum, nacre, from Arabic naqqāra, small drum, from naqara, to bore, pierce; see nqr in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French nacre, from Late Latin nacchara, perhaps from Arabic نقر (naqqāra). (Wiktionary)