nacreous


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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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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.
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.
The book is rich with both farcical and trenchant episodes, brilliant thumbnail character sketches, nacreous epigrams, and heady bilious torrents of workplace spleen.
Whitney's bathroom featured an undersea theme, and for her sunken marble tub, he created a "'Jules Verne' nacreous grotto full of fish and marine life.
Shell larger, depressed turbiniform to ear-shaped, last whorl expanding rapidly and aperture consequently large; interior highly nacreous Granata
I watch a couple people read the sign, peekin, then walk around to the small graveyard at the side of the church, where the graves are outlined in abalone shells the size of dinner plates, their nacreous colors catching the afternoon light and throwing it back at the church like incense.
of India's nacreous mystery here, in the ticket queue
Last whorl of the shell largely and broadly expanded with heavy or light rows of nodules, aperture circular, nacreous, operculum is thick and calcareous.
Other species that have nacreous (pearlescent) or homogenous microstructures, are calcite dominant, have variable morphologies (such as sphericity) and/or lower robusticity are likely to be affected taphonomically in different ways (Claassen 1998; Lescinsky et al.
The nacreous interiors of the oyster shells provide a sensual contrast to the juicy flesh of a tangy lemon and the viscous slithering of oyster meat.