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na·cre

 (nā′kər)
[French, from Old French nacle, from Old Italian naccaro, drum, nacre, from Arabic naqqāra, small drum, from naqara, to bore, pierce; see nqr in Semitic roots.]

na′cred (-kərd), na′cre·ous (-krē-əs) adj.

nacreous

(ˈneɪkrɪəs)
adj
1. (Zoology) relating to or consisting of mother-of-pearl
2. (Minerals) having the lustre of mother-of-pearl: nacreous minerals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nacreous - consisting of or resembling mother-of-pearl
2.nacreous - having a play of lustrous rainbow colors; "an iridescent oil slick"; "nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl"; "a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"
Translations

nacreous

[ˈneɪkrɪəs] ADJnacarino, nacarado, de nácar

nacreous

adjperlmutterartig, Perlmutt(er)-
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It was one of those rare afternoons when all the thickness and shadow of London are changed to a kind of shining, pulsing, special atmosphere; when the smoky vapors become fluttering golden clouds, nacreous veils of pink and amber; when all that bleakness of gray stone and dullness of dirty brick trembles in aureate light, and all the roofs and spires, and one great dome, are floated in golden haze.
In fact, in French Polynesia, the export of cultured pearls is strictly controlled: pearls must have a nacreous layer with a minimum thickness of 0.
The pearl is full-drilled with nacreous plugs, one now detached.
Cal's yellow-orange-clad players blended into the oranges of the floor, reminiscent of the nacreous effect created by watching Boise State footballers disappearing into their blue field.
ARTIST'S CHOICE: TRISHA DONNELLY" (MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK; CURATED BY TRISHA DONNELLY WITH LAURA HOPTMAN AND CARA MANES) Often accused of being oblique, if not downright opaque, Donnelly generously ransacked momA's storage facilities and archives to provide a clean slate for thinking about seeing and about the psychic and worldly interconnectedness of myriad kinds of things and being; consider it a meditation on modes of transport (art could still be one), from the wheelchair encountering a three-legged Deco side table to the nacreous alacrity of the birds of Eliot Porter, now everyone's favorite photographer.
The sky had grown violet and humorless by the time I finished telling the story to my wife and son, and the snow had become nacreous in the fading light.
The book is rich with both farcical and trenchant episodes, brilliant thumbnail character sketches, nacreous epigrams, and heady bilious torrents of workplace spleen.
Whitney's bathroom featured an undersea theme, and for her sunken marble tub, he created a "'Jules Verne' nacreous grotto full of fish and marine life.
Shell larger, depressed turbiniform to ear-shaped, last whorl expanding rapidly and aperture consequently large; interior highly nacreous Granata
I watch a couple people read the sign, peekin, then walk around to the small graveyard at the side of the church, where the graves are outlined in abalone shells the size of dinner plates, their nacreous colors catching the afternoon light and throwing it back at the church like incense.
At one site in Guam, several bone and shell points of trolling hooks were found in layers post-dating AD 900-1000, but one possible nacreous shell lure shank was in a layer pre-dating 500 BC (Dilli et al.
The nacreous interiors of the oyster shells provide a sensual contrast to the juicy flesh of a tangy lemon and the viscous slithering of oyster meat.