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mother-of-pearl Syllabification: moth·er-of-pearl

Definition of mother-of-pearl in English:


A smooth shining iridescent substance forming the inner layer of the shell of some mollusks, especially oysters and abalones, used in ornamentation.
Example sentences
  • Another category of vessels and flatware was distinguished by the use of precious stones or exotic materials, such as coral, mother-of-pearl, or coconut shell.
  • The red cloth was then edged with rows of iridescent mother-of-pearl buttons.
  • ‘They have used some beautiful mother-of-pearl and glass buttons for men's coats and waistcoats,’ said Lucy.
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