Sunday, November 1, 2009


nacre \ˈnā-kər\ noun: the hard pearly iridescent substance forming the inner layer of a mollusk shell; mother-of-pearl

nacreous \ˈnā-krē-əs\ adjective: 1. possessing the qualities of, consisting of, or abounding in nacre, 2. iridescent

Etymology: French, from Middle French, from Old Italian naccara drum, nacre, from Arabic naqqāra drum

How did a word for a drum come to mean mother-of-pearl?

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