ebon

[eb-uh n]
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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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ebon

noun, adjective
  1. a poetic word for ebony

Word Origin for ebon

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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