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mother-of-pearl

noun [U] uk   /ˌmʌð.ə.rəvˈpɜːl/  us   /-ɚ.əvˈpɝːl/
a smooth, hard substance forming a layer inside the shells of some sea creatures. It is white but also seems to shine with different colours, and is used to make buttons and for decoration.
Translations of “mother-of-pearl”
in Chinese (Traditional) 珠母層,珍珠母…
in Chinese (Simplified) 珠母层,珍珠母…
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