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Nacre

Na′cre

(nā′kẽr)
,
Noun.
[F., cf. Sp.
nácara
,
nácar
, It.
nacchera
,
naccaro
, LL.
nacara
,
nacrum
; of Oriental origin, cf. Ar.
nakīr
hollowed.]
(Zool.)
A pearly substance which lines the interior of many shells, and is most perfect in the mother-of-pearl.
[Written also
nacker
and
naker
.]

Definition 2019


nacre

nacre

See also: nacré

English

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Noun

nacre (plural nacres)

Nacre
  1. (obsolete) A shellfish which contains mother-of-pearl. [16th-19th c.]
  2. A pearly substance which lines the interior of many shells; mother-of-pearl. [from 17th c.]
    • 1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray:
      On a little table of dark perfumed wood thickly encrusted with nacre, [] was lying a note from Lord Henry, and beside it was a book bound in yellow paper, the cover slightly torn and the edges soiled.

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /nakʁ/

Noun

nacre f (plural nacres)

  1. mother-of-pearl (the hard pearly inner layer of certain mollusk shells)

Verb

nacre

  1. first-person singular present indicative of nacrer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of nacrer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of nacrer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of nacrer
  5. second-person singular imperative of nacrer

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Middle French

Noun

nacre m (plural nacres)

  1. nacre (shellfish)
    • 1608, Histoire du monde... mis en français par Antoine Dupinet, Chapter 42, page 490
      Les Nacres aussi sont de la race des poissons à escailles.