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" ... a grooved structure, like the delicate texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger, or like the section of the annual growths of wood as seen upon a dressed plank of fir. These may sometimes be seen by the naked eye ; but they are often so... "
A Treatise on Optics - Page 74
by David Brewster, Alexander Dallas Bache - 1833 - 95 pages
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The fly-fisher's entomology

Alfred Ronalds - 1849 - 256 pages
...produced by a peculiar configuration of surface ; and by examining this surface with microscopes, he discovered in almost every specimen a grooved structure...texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger," &c. By cutting grooves upon steel at the distance of from the 2,000th to the 10,000th of an inch apart,...
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Cyclopædia of useful arts & manufactures, ed. by C. Tomlinson. 9 divs, Volume 6

Cyclopaedia - 1852 - 254 pages
...strueture, like the delieate texture of the skin at the top of an infant-s finger, or like the seetion of the annual growths of wood as seen upon a dressed...the naked eye ; but they are often so minute that 3,000 of them are eontained in an ineh." It is remarkable that these irideseent hues ean be eommunieated...
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The Anglo-American Magazine, Volume 5

1854
...these chromatic effects, discovered, on examining the surface of mother-of-pearl with a microscope, " a grooved structure, like the delicate texture of the skin at the top of an infants finger, or like the section of the annual growths of wood, as seen upon a dressed plank of...
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Silver-shell, Or, the Adventures of an Oyster

Charles Williams - 1856 - 196 pages
...of this substance with high magnifying powers, he perceived a grooved structure, closely resembling the delicate texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger, or the minute corrugations often observable on surfaces which are covered with oil-paint or varnish. The...
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Cassell's popular natural history, Volumes 3-4; Volume 128

Cassell, ltd - 1859 - 832 pages
...of this substance with higli magnifying powers, he perceived a grooved structure, cloak resembling the delicate texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger, or the minute corrugations often observable on surfaces which are covered with oil-paint or varnish. The...
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Putnam's Magazine: Original Papers on Literature, Science, Art ..., Volume 1

1868 - 820 pages
...delicately grooved surface of the pearl, which, Sir David Brewster says, resembles closely the fine texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger, or the minute corrugations which are often seen on surfaces covered with varnish or oil-paint. In other...
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Putnam's Magazine: Original Papers on Literature, Science, Art ..., Volume 1

1868 - 808 pages
...delicately grooved surface of the pearl, which, Sir David Brewster says, resembles closely the fine texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger, or the minute corrugations which are often seen on surfaces covered with varnish or oil-paint. In other...
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Wonders of the Deep: A Companion to Stray Leaves from the Book of Nature

Maximilian Schele de Vere - 1869 - 372 pages
...delicately grooved surface of the pearl, jvhich, Sir David Brewster says, resembles closely the fine texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger, or the minute corrugations which are often seen on surfaces covered with varnish or oil-paint. In other...
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Chambers's Miscellany of Instructive & Entertaining Tracts, Volumes 15-16

William Chambers, Robert Chambers - 1869 - 526 pages
...that we find in all 'mother-of-pearl a grooved structure upon its surface, resembling very closely the delicate texture of the skin at the top of an infant's ringer, or the minute corrugations which are often seen on surfaces covered with varnish or with oil-paint.'...
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Chambers's miscellany of instructive & entertaining tracts, Volume 15

Chambers W. and R., ltd - 1871 - 282 pages
...that we find in all ' mother-of-pearl a grooved structure upon its surface, resembling very closely the delicate texture of the skin at the top of an infant's finger, or the minute corrugations which are often seen on surfaces covered with varnish or with oil-paint.' Similar...
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