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nacreous

[ney-kree-uh s] /ˈneɪ kri əs/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to nacre.
2.
resembling nacre; lustrous; pearly.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; nacre + -ous
Related forms
subnacreous, adjective
unnacreous, adjective
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Examples from the web for nacreous
  • These clouds are known as nacreous and noctilucent clouds respectively.
  • The interior of the shell has a border of dark blue to violet surrounding the pearly white nacreous layer.
  • Other balloons will carry instruments to study the role of nacreous clouds in ozone depletion.
British Dictionary definitions for nacreous

nacreous

/ˈneɪkrɪəs/
adjective
1.
relating to or consisting of mother-of-pearl
2.
having the lustre of mother-of-pearl: nacreous minerals
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Word Origin and History for nacreous
adj.

"resembling nacre," 1807, from nacre + -ous.

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nacreous in Medicine

nacreous na·cre·ous (nā'krē-əs)
adj.
Resembling mother-of-pearl; lustrous.

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