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nacre

Syllabification: na·cre
Pronunciation: /ˈnākər
 
/

Definition of nacre in English:

noun

Mother-of-pearl.
Example sentences
  • The nacre, or mother of pearl, is the innermost layer, which is composed of thin, alternating, laminae (flakes or sheets) of calcium carbonate and an organic material.
  • The oyster coats the sand grain with a silvery shiny layer called nacre.
  • Now, researchers have designed a synthetic material that mimics both nacre's internal architecture and its strength.

Origin

late 16th century: French, from late Latin nacchara, nacara, perhaps from Arabic.

Derivatives

nacreous

1
Pronunciation: /-krēəs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The dorsal ligament groove is overlain dorsally and flanked laterally by the nacreous middle shell layer.
  • They suggested that this species is similar in microstructure to modern unionid bivalves, which are externally prismatic and internally nacreous.
  • The distressed surfaces, with their flinty earth tones, cobalt blues and nacreous whites, hold light like rough alabaster.

Words that rhyme with nacre

acre, baker, breaker, Chandrasekhar, faker, forsaker, Jamaica, Laker, maker, partaker, Quaker, raker, saker, shaker, staker, taker, undertaker, waker

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