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mother–of–pearl

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noun moth·er–of–pearl \ˌmə-thə-rə(v)-ˈpər(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of mother–of–pearl

  • : a hard, shiny, and smooth substance that is on the insides of the shells of some shellfish (such as mussels) and that is used to decorate objects (such as buttons)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mother–of–pearl

  1. :  the hard pearly iridescent substance forming the inner layer of a mollusk shell

Circa 1510

First Known Use of mother–of–pearl

circa 1510


MOTHER–OF–PEARL Defined for Kids

mother–of–pearl

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noun moth·er–of–pearl \ˌmə-thər-əv-ˈpərl\

Definition of mother–of–pearl for Students

  1. :  a hard pearly material that lines the shell of some mollusks (as mussels) and is often used for ornamental objects and buttons




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