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nacreous

[′nā·krē·əs]
(optics)
Having an iridescent luster resembling that of mother-of-pearl. Also known as pearly.
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(2017) have hypothesized that the sky in The Scream has a striking similarity to mother-of-pearl or nacreous clouds.
(2000) Synthesis of proteoglycans and collagen in primary cultures of mantle cells from the nacreous mollusk, Haliotis tuberculata: a new model for study of molluscan extracellular matrix.
Experts have nicknamed cloud formations like this"fire rainbows" or "rainbow clouds", however they're scientific names are nacreous, mother-of-pearl or iridescent clouds.
In the experimental, free-verse first poem "O Carib Isle!" the speaker on a white sand beach seems to realize that the shells dotting the beach are in fact "nacreous frames of tropic death" (Crane 2000b, 9).
The iridescent nacreous clouds - considered rare as they are usually found only in very cool air - come from ice crystals refracting the sun's rays.
They said the pink, green, purple and orange formations were actually down to cloud formations known as nacreous, or polar, stratospheric clouds.
Incredibly, gusts reached 144mph in the Cairngorm mountains and there were nacreous clouds, which the Met Office said are usually seen in polar regions.
Besides that obvious physical challenge, Krieger's nacreous, eclectic music--equal parts pop and pastiche--and Russell's plain-spoken, tightly compressed lyrics require optimal vocal range and interpretation.
Cal's yellow-orange-clad players blended into the oranges of the floor, reminiscent of the nacreous effect created by watching Boise State footballers disappearing into their blue field.
Quaresma et al., "Hydroxyapatite nano-powders produced hydrothermally from nacreous material," Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol.
The sky had grown violet and humorless by the time I finished telling the story to my wife and son, and the snow had become nacreous in the fading light.