Ivory black
Ivory I"vo*ry ([imac]"v[-o]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {Ivories}. [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. {Eburnean}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The hard, white, opaque, fine-grained substance constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of dentine, characterized by the minuteness and close arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure. It is used in manufacturing articles of ornament or utility. [1913 Webster]

Note: Ivory is the name commercially given not only to the substance constituting the tusks of the elephant, but also to that of the tusks of the hippopotamus and walrus, the hornlike tusk of the narwhal, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. Any carving executed in ivory. --Mollett. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Teeth; as, to show one's ivories. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

{Ivory black}. See under {Black}, n.

{Ivory gull} (Zo["o]l.), a white Arctic gull ({Larus eburneus}).

{Ivory nut} (Bot.), the nut of a species of palm, the {Phytephas macroarpa}, often as large as a hen's egg. When young the seed contains a fluid, which gradually hardness into a whitish, close-grained, albuminous substance, resembling the finest ivory in texture and color, whence it is called {vegetable ivory}. It is wrought into various articles, as buttons, chessmen, etc. The palm is found in New Grenada. A smaller kind is the fruit of the {Phytephas microarpa}. The nuts are known in commerce as Corosso nuts.

{Ivory palm} (Bot.), the palm tree which produces ivory nuts.

{Ivory shell} (Zo["o]l.), any species of {Eburna}, a genus of marine gastropod shells, having a smooth surface, usually white with red or brown spots.

{Vegetable ivory}, the meat of the ivory nut. See {Ivory nut} (above). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ivory black — Black Black, n. 1. That which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth has a good black. [1913 Webster] Black is the badge of hell, The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ivory black — n. a fine black pigment made from burnt ivory …   English World dictionary

  • ivory-black — n. Bone black (improperly called Ivory black, which is, strictly speaking, prepared from ivory) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • ivory-black — iˈvory black noun A black pigment, a powder, orig made from burnt ivory, but now from bone • • • Main Entry: ↑ivory …   Useful english dictionary

  • ivory black — i′vory black′ n. fia a fine black pigment made by calcining ivory …   From formal English to slang

  • ivory black — noun Date: 1634 a fine black pigment made by calcining ivory …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ivory black — a fine black pigment made by calcining ivory. [1625 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • ivory black — n. black pigment made from scorched ivory …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ivory black — noun a black carbon pigment made from charred ivory or bone, used in drawing and painting …   English new terms dictionary

  • ivory black — /aɪvəri ˈblæk/ (say uyvuhree blak) noun a fine black pigment made by calcining ivory …   Australian English dictionary

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