1. consisting of or resembling mother-of-pearl
Pertains to noun: ↑nacre
Derivationally related forms: ↑nacre
2. having a play of lustrous rainbow colors

an iridescent oil slick


nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl


a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster

Syn: ↑iridescent, ↑opalescent, ↑opaline, ↑pearlescent
Similar to: ↑bright
Derivationally related forms: ↑opalescence (for: ↑opalescent), ↑opalesce (for: ↑opalescent), ↑iridescence (for: ↑iridescent), ↑iridesce (for: ↑iridescent)

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  • nacreous — nacre ► NOUN ▪ mother of pearl. DERIVATIVES nacreous adjective. ORIGIN French …   English terms dictionary

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  • nacreous cloud — noun a luminous iridescent cloud at a high altitude that may be seen when the sun is a few degrees below the horizon • Syn: ↑mother of pearl cloud • Hypernyms: ↑cloud * * * noun : a luminous iridescent cloud that occurs at altitudes of about… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nacreous — adjective Date: circa 1828 possessing the qualities of, consisting of, or abounding in nacre; also iridescent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nacreous — /nay kree euhs/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to nacre. 2. resembling nacre; lustrous; pearly. [1830 40; NACRE + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • nacreous — adjective a) Of, or resembling nacre (mother of pearl). b) Exhibiting lustrous or rainbow like colors …   Wiktionary

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