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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mother-of-pearl mean? 

  The noun MOTHER-OF-PEARL has 1 sense:

1. the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell

  Familiarity information: MOTHER-OF-PEARL used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1mother-of-pearl [BACK TO TOP]


The iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell

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Nouns denoting substances


mother-of-pearl; nacre

Hypernyms ("mother-of-pearl" is a kind of...):

shell (the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals)

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