mother–of–pearl

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

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 English Language Learners

mother–of–pearl

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

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

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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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