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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Nacre \Na"cre\ (n[=a]"k[~e]r), n. [F., cf. Sp. n['a]cara,
     n['a]car, It. nacchera, naccaro, LL. nacara, nacrum; of
     Oriental origin, cf. Ar. nak[imac]r hollowed.] (Zool.)
     A pearly substance which lines the interior of many shells,
     and is most perfect in the mother-of-pearl. [Written also
     {nacker} and {naker}.] See {Pearl}, and {Mother-of-pearl}.

     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Nacr'e \Na`cr['e]"\ (n[.a]*kr[=a]"), a. [F. See {Nacre}.] (Art)
     Having the peculiar iridescence of nacre, or mother-of-pearl,
     or an iridescence resembling it; as, nacr['e] ware.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell [syn: {mother-of-pearl}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "nacre":
     Dalmatian, antigorite, butterfly, candy cane, chameleon, cheetah,
     chrysotile, confetti, crazy quilt, firedog, harlequin, iridescence,
     iris, jaguar, leopard, mackerel, mackerel sky, marble,
     marbled paper, moire, mother-of-pearl, mother-of-pearl cloud,
     nacreousness, ocelot, opal, opalescence, ophite, patchwork quilt,
     peacock, pearliness, rainbow, serpentine, serpentine marble,
     shot silk, spectrum, tortoise shell, zebra

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