nacreous


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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.
Spiers memorial lecture: lessons from biomineralization: comparing the growth strategies of mollusc shell prismatic and nacreous layers in Atrina rigida.
It has been suggested that the dramatic red-colored sky was inspired by a volcanic sunset seen by Munch after the Krakatau eruption in 1883 and by a sighting of stratospheric nacreous clouds, and also that it is part of the artist's expression of a scream from nature.
In polar regions, there are even clouds (called "nacreous" and "noctilucent" clouds) that occur 30 miles high.
RNAi knockdown disrupted the nacreous and prismatic shell layers, indicating the potential roles of these proteins in shell formation [27].
*** Mottled, nacreous throat of the dove at her throat, hope and betrayal in the book to be published-- only poems, just paper.
These include a private collection of 15th Century Venezuelan pearls, Nacreous and Non-Nacreous natural pearls, Ethiopian emeralds, natural Bahraini pearl necklaces, a unique renaissance era necklace, a unique spinel and diamond ring designed by the late award winning designer James Currens and a superb melo pearl, diamond and Montana sapphire brooch both from a private collection." As part of its consultation services, the latest technologies will be used to distinguish, lead glass-filled rubies from authentic stones, and synthetic, lab grown diamonds from natural ones.
The glint of the nacreous support rendered these images both magical and spectral.
Iridescence can be readily appreciated in peacock feathers (B), nacreous shells (C), and beetle exoskeletons (C inset).
He used to set us free from any restraint which was awakened in our instincts as painters [...] if we were allowed to paint that tree which had appeared with crimson, which at that moment seemed to be bright red, then why not translate, through exaggerations, the impressions that justify the metaphors of the poets: to state the curve of a magnificent shoulder until it reaches deformation, to intensify the nacreous candour of a complexion, to stiffen a geometry of unmoved branches?