mother-of-pearl

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

Definition of mother-of-pearl

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

First Known Use of mother-of-pearl

circa 1510


MOTHER-OF-PEARL Defined for English Language Learners

mother-of-pearl

noun

Definition of mother-of-pearl for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


MOTHER-OF-PEARL Defined for Kids

mother-of-pearl

noun moth·er-of-pearl \ ˌmə-t͟hər-əv-ˈpərl \

Definition of mother-of-pearl for Students

: 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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