Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shade of pale red-orange.
  • n. Linens and cloths dyed such a shade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pale red color, with a cast of orange.
  • n. Fine linen or crape dyed of this color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light-red color; scarlet.
  • n. A crape or fine linen fabric dyed fugitively of this tint, and used by women to give a roseate hue to their complexions.

Etymologies

From French nacarat, from Spanish or Portuguese nacarado, from Arabic نقارة (naqqāra, "small drum"), from نقر (náqara, "to hollow out"). Related to the word nacre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As a finish to the ornament, a little gold clasp was needed; fortunately I possessed it in the fastening of my sole necklace; I duly detached and re-attached it, then coiled compactly the completed guard; and enclosed it in a small box I had bought for its brilliancy, made of some tropic shell of the colour called "nacarat," and decked with a little coronal of sparkling blue stones.

    Villette

  • “nacarat,” and decked with a little coronal of sparkling blue stones.

    Villette

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  • When ends the rain, how rare is that!
    The ark come aground on Ararat,
    And man and beast
    Turn eyes to the East
    To clouds aglow in nacarat.

    November 2, 2015

  • "2. A crape or fine linen fabric dyed fugitively of this tint, and used by women to give a roseate hue to their complexions." --Cent. Dict.

    July 28, 2011