ivory nut
noun Date: circa 1847 the nutlike seed of a South American palm (Phytelephas macrocarpa) containing a very hard endosperm used for carving and turning — compare vegetable ivory

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  • Ivory nut — 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 nut — n. VEGETABLE IVORY (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • ivory nut — noun nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons • Syn: ↑vegetable ivory, ↑apple nut • Hypernyms: ↑seed • Part Holonyms: ↑ivory palm, ↑ivory nut palm, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ivory-nut — iˈvory nut noun The nut of the S American palm Phytelephas or other palm, yielding vegetable ivory a substance like ivory • • • Main Entry: ↑ivory …   Useful english dictionary

  • ivory nut — i′vory nut n. pln the seed of a low South American palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, yielding vegetable ivory • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • ivory nut — /ˈaɪvəri nʌt/ (say uyvuhree nut) noun 1. the seed of a low growing South American palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, forming the source of vegetable ivory. 2. a similar seed from other palms …   Australian English dictionary

  • ivory nut — 1. the seed of a low, South American palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, yielding vegetable ivory. 2. a similar seed from other palms. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • ivory nut — noun the seed of a tropical American palm (Phytelephas macrocarpa), which, when hardened, is a source of vegetable ivory …   English new terms dictionary

  • ivory-nut — n. Corosso nut …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • ivory-nut palm — noun a stemless palm tree of Brazil and Peru bearing ivory nuts • Syn: ↑ivory palm, ↑ivory plant, ↑Phytelephas macrocarpa • Hypernyms: ↑feather palm • Member Holonyms: ↑phytelephas, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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