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[eb-uh n]
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  1. ebony(def 6).
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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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Historical Examples

  • The ebon cloud was breaking, but torrents of rain continued to descend.

    The Orchard of Tears

    Sax Rohmer

  • The black thread crept like an ebon stain into the woof of the carpet.

  • An expression of displeasure passed over the ebon countenance.

  • Be they ebon or blond, Of the gals I am fond; I am dreadfully fond of the gals!

  • As for the inhabitants themselves, they are of an ebon black.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for ebon


noun, adjective
  1. a poetic word for ebony
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Word Origin

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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