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[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.
1. (Zoology) relating to or consisting of mother-of-pearl
2. (Minerals) having the lustre of mother-of-pearl: nacreous minerals.
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|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"