Definitions for mother-of-pearl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a hard, iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of certain mollusk shells, used for making buttons, beads, etc.

    Category: Jewelry

Origin of mother-of-pearl:

1500–10; cf. It madreperla, obs. F mère perle

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mother-of-pearl, nacre(noun)

    the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell


  1. mother-of-pearl(Noun)

    The hard pearly inner layer of certain mollusk shells; nacre.

  2. mother-of-pearl(Adjective)

    Made from or looking like mother-of-pearl; iridescent or pearly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mother-of-pearl(noun)

    the hard pearly internal layer of several kinds of shells, esp. of pearl oysters, river mussels, and the abalone shells; nacre. See Pearl

Translations for mother-of-pearl

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) the shining, hard, smooth substance on the inside of certain shells.

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