• WordNet 3.6
    • n nacre the iridescent internal layer of a mollusk shell
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nacre nā"kẽr (Zoöl) A pearly substance which lines the interior of many shells, and is most perfect in the mother-of-pearl.
    • a Nacré nȧ*krā" (Art) Having the peculiar iridescence of nacre, or mother-of-pearl, or an iridescence resembling it; as, nacré ware.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nacre Mother-of-pearl. Nacre of commercial value is obtained from many sources, as the top-shells (Turbinidæ). tower-shells (Trochidæ), earshells (Haliotidæ), river-mussels (Unionidæ), pearl-oyster shells (Aviculidæ), etc.
    • nacre Having an iridescence resembling that of mother-of-pearl; nacreous: a French word applied in English to decorative objects: as, nacré porcelain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nacre nā′kr mother-of-pearl
    • adj Nacre iridescent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., cf. Sp. nácara, nácar, It. nacchera, naccaro, LL. nacara, nacrum,; of Oriental origin, cf. Ar. nakīr, hollowed


In literature:

It curled, a violet riband, through the nacre-coloured air.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Dans un coffret de nacre j'ai trois turquoises merveilleuses.
"Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde with a Preface by Robert Ross" by Oscar Wilde
It curled, a violet riband, through the nacre-coloured air.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Purplish bivalves and enormous nacre-lined conch shells lay upon the tables.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Her skin was like nacre, her lips like petunia petals.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The banks on either hand took on the ineffable hues of polished nacre.
"The Forge in the Forest" by Charles G. D. Roberts
They make a many-chambered spiral shell with its inner surface lined with beautiful pearly nacre.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In poetry:

Why speak of pearls of Oman
That shells of ocean sheathe?
I know a purer nacre,--
The white pearls of her teeth.
"A Cameo" by Madison Julius Cawein
The surges rolled the reflex of the skies
Before my portals, mystically blending
Their consonance of solemn chords unending
With the nacre and rose ignited in mine eyes.
"Anterior Life (La Vie Anterieure)" by Clark Ashton Smith
This window has seen dames and lords of might,
Sparkling with gold, with azure, flame and nacre,
Bow down, before the altar of their Maker,
The pride of crest and hood to august right;
"Church Window" by Jose Maria de Heredia y Giraud

In news:

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In science:

We used the Toulouse-Geneva stellar evolution code, with the OPAL equation of state and opacities (Rogers & Nayfonov 2002, Iglesias & Rogers 1996) and the NACRE nuclear reaction rates (Angulo et al. 1999).
Asteroseismology of exoplanets host stars: the special case of $\iota$ Horologii (HD17051)
SFII represents the first systematic evaluation of hydrogen burning reactions since the SFI (Adelberger et al. 1998) and NACRE (Angulo et al. 1999) efforts.
Solar models with accretion. I. Application to the solar abundance problem
The p-p chain, CNO, and triple-α nuclear reactions were calculated using the NACRE rates (Angulo 1999).
Fundamental properties of the Population II fiducial stars HD 122563 and Gmb 1830 from CHARA interferometric observations
The nuclear reaction rates are from the NACRE database 2 .
Evolution towards the critical limit and the origin of Be stars
Regarding resonance strengths, we did not follow in general the procedure of the NACRE reaction rate evaluation , where for a given resonance the strength is found from a weighted mean of values obtained in different measurements.
Charged-Particle Thermonuclear Reaction Rates: III. Nuclear Physics Input