Generally, however, the African elephants have the largest “ivories.”
You are perhaps acquainted with the ivories which have been recently purchased there?
So, though Bob proceeded to execute one or two fancy shots with much skill, his thoughts were not on the ivories.
We then stow the ivories away in our bags, and start for new havoc.
He scratched his head, muttering something to himself; then turned half about, exhibiting a line of ivories.
And the Indian couldas Mr. Hicks remarkedtickle the ivories.
The ivories belong to the king, and various small horns are kept for amulets, and so on.
And there was something rather sinister in the way he mentioned the collection of ivories.
It must not however be supposed that all the ivories discovered in Assyria are the work of Egyptian or Phœnician artists.
If I had known you intended to rob Mr. Winters of his ivories I should have had nothing to do with you.
mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), Anglo-French ivorie, from Old North French ivurie (12c.), from Latin eboreus "of ivory," from ebur (genitive eboris) "ivory," probably via Phoenician from an African source (cf. Egyptian ab "elephant," Coptic ebu "ivory"). Replaced Old English elpendban, literally "elephant bone." Applied in slang to articles made from it, such as dice (1830) and piano keys (1854). As a color, especially in reference to human skin, it is attested from 1580s. Ivories as slang for "teeth" dates from 1782. Related: Ivoried.
(Heb. pl. shenhabbim, the "tusks of elephants") was early used in decorations by the Egyptians, and a great trade in it was carried on by the Assyrians (Ezek. 27:6; Rev. 18:12). It was used by the Phoenicians to ornament the box-wood rowing-benches of their galleys, and Hiram's skilled workmen made Solomon's throne of ivory (1 Kings 10:18). It was brought by the caravans of Dedan (Isa. 21:13), and from the East Indies by the navy of Tarshish (1 Kings 10:22). Many specimens of ancient Egyptian and Assyrian ivory-work have been preserved. The word _habbim_ is derived from the Sanscrit _ibhas_, meaning "elephant," preceded by the Hebrew article (ha); and hence it is argued that Ophir, from which it and the other articles mentioned in 1 Kings 10:22 were brought, was in India.