na·​cre | \ ˈnā-kər How to pronounce nacre (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The process is then repeated until thousands of layers of nacre from the gem. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Nov. 2021 For cocktails, there's the knockout Bar Pendry, a jewel-box lobby lounge with gilded walls and a massive nacre-and-gold-leaf piece by New York painter Nancy Lorenz crowning the bar. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, 29 Sep. 2021 In fact, the material absorbs more energy than natural nacre (mother of pearl), which gives some shells their strength, and also beats existing artificial materials, Wang and his colleagues say. Matt Simon, Wired, 22 Feb. 2021 Melo Melo pearls, like conch pearls, are not true pearls, as they are not made of nacre. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 20 Feb. 2021 Glinting from Gurung’s right lobe was a creamy nacre sphere. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2019 But after these early days, a number of other events have been held in the orbit of the Concours, in much the same way that nacre builds up around an initial irritant inside a mollusk's shell to create a pearl. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of nacre

1689, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nacre

French, from Middle French, from Old Italian naccara drum, nacre, from Arabic naqqāra drum

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“Nacre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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