mother-of-pearl definition by Webster's New World
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the hard, pearly internal layer of certain marine shells, as of the pearl oyster or abalone, which is used in the arts, in making pearl buttons, etc.
Origin: translated, translation of Midieval Latin mater perlarum: origin, originally applied to the marine animal, later to the shell
of the mother-of-pearl
mother-of-pearl definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The pearly internal layer of certain mollusk shells, used to make decorative objects. Also called nacre.
- mothˌer-of-pearlˈ adjective
mother-of-pearl - Science Definition
The hard, smooth, pearly layer on the inside of certain seashells, such as abalones and certain oysters. It is used to make buttons and jewelry. Also called nacre.