mother-of-pearl

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moth·​er-of-pearl | \ ˌmə-t͟hə-rə(v)-ˈpər(-ə)l How to pronounce mother-of-pearl (audio) \

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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mother-of-pearl was circa 1510

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“Mother-of-pearl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mother-of-pearl. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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mother-of-pearl

noun

English Language Learners 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)

mother-of-pearl

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

Kids Definition of mother-of-pearl

: 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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