Origin of ebon
1350–1400; Middle English eban, ebyn ebony < Anglo-French eban(ne), Old French eban, ebaine < Medieval Latin ebanus, for Latin (h)ebenus < Greek ébenos, of Semitic orig.
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Examples from the Web for ebon
The ebon cloud was breaking, but torrents of rain continued to descend.
The black thread crept like an ebon stain into the woof of the carpet.
An expression of displeasure passed over the ebon countenance.The Phantom of the River
Edward S. Ellis
Be they ebon or blond, Of the gals I am fond; I am dreadfully fond of the gals!The 'Mind the Paint' Girl
As for the inhabitants themselves, they are of an ebon black.The Human Race
- a poetic word for ebony
C14: from Latin hebenus; see ebony
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Word Origin and History for ebon
"ebony wood, ebony tree," mid-15c.; see ebony. Figurative sense of "dark, black" is from 1590s; in some cases a poetic shortening of ebony.
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