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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ney-kree-uh s]
    • /ˈneɪ kri əs/
    • /ˈneɪkrɪəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ney-kree-uh s]
    • /ˈneɪ kri əs/

Definitions of nacreous word

  • adjective nacreous of or relating to nacre. 1
  • adjective nacreous resembling nacre; lustrous; pearly. 1
  • noun nacreous Of, or resembling nacre (mother of pearl). 1
  • adjective nacreous relating to or consisting of mother-of-pearl 0
  • adjective nacreous having the lustre of mother-of-pearl 0
  • adjective nacreous of or like nacre 0

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Origin of nacreous

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
First recorded in 1830-40; nacre + -ous

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Parts of speech for Nacreous


nacreous popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for nacreous

adj nacreous

  • pearly — like a pearl, especially in being white or lustrous; nacreous: her pearly teeth.
  • shimmering — a quivering or vibrating motion or image as produced by reflecting faint light or heat waves.
  • lustrous — having luster; shining; luminous: lustrous eyes.
  • opalescent — exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal.
  • polychromatic — having or exhibiting a variety of colors.

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