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. [1913 Webster]

2. A black pigment or dye. [1913 Webster]

3. A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain African races. [1913 Webster]

4. A black garment or dress; as, she wears black; pl. (Obs.) Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery. [1913 Webster]

Friends weeping, and blacks, and obsequies, and the like show death terrible. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

That was the full time they used to wear blacks for the death of their fathers. --Sir T. North. [1913 Webster]

5. The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest by being black. [1913 Webster]

The black or sight of the eye. --Sir K. Digby. [1913 Webster]

6. A stain; a spot; a smooch. [1913 Webster]

Defiling her white lawn of chastity with ugly blacks of lust. --Rowley. [1913 Webster]

{Black and white}, writing or print; as, I must have that statement in black and white.

{Blue black}, a pigment of a blue black color.

{Ivory black}, a fine kind of animal charcoal prepared by calcining ivory or bones. When ground it is the chief ingredient of the ink used in copperplate printing.

{Berlin black}. See under {Berlin}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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… …   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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