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

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Recent Examples on the Web Glinting from Gurung’s right lobe was a creamy nacre sphere. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Wore a Pearl Earring to His Dinner Celebrating Tasaki’s New London Store," 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, "Monterey Car Week is like Comic Con and the Oscars but with wheels," 24 Aug. 2017

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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