[ eb-uhn ]
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Origin of ebon

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English eban, ebyn “ebony,” Anglo-French eban(ne), Old French eban, ebaine, from Medieval Latin ebanus, for Latin (h)ebenus, from Greek ébenos, of Semitic origin, perhaps Egyptian hbny

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How to use ebon in a sentence

  • Still no sign of Nellie, though he purposely made a noisy rattle with his ebon walking-stick.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • Winding trails of light webbed the crater's walls, and at places ebon cavities jeweled among the light.

    The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
  • The black woman stood laden and smiling like some ebon effigy typifying plenty and good cheer.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • They have clear ebon skins, not coal black, but of an inky hue.

    Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa | Joel Tyler Headley and William Fletcher Johnson
  • I rushed to the door and beheld him standing, gazing with wild eyes at the ebon tablet held straight out in front of him.

    Prince Zaleski | M.P. Shiel

British Dictionary definitions for ebon


/ (ˈɛbən) /

noun, adjective
  1. a poetic word for ebony

Origin of ebon

C14: from Latin hebenus; see ebony

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