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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria," 22 Feb. 2021 Melo Melo pearls, like conch pearls, are not true pearls, as they are not made of nacre. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Rarest Pearl of All? It's Called the Melo Melo," 20 Feb. 2021 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 16 May. 2021.

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