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noun,plural eb·on·ies.
  1. a hard, heavy, durable wood, most highly prized when black, from various tropical trees of the genus Diospyros, as D. ebenum of southern India and Sri Lanka, used for cabinetwork, ornamental objects, etc.

  2. any tree yielding such wood.

  1. any of various similar woods or trees.

  2. a deep, lustrous black.

  1. Also ebon. made of ebony.

  2. of a deep, lustrous black.

Origin of ebony

First recorded in 1590–1600; earlier hebeny; see ebon; -y perhaps after ivory

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/ (ˈɛbənɪ) /

nounplural -onies
  1. any of various tropical and subtropical trees of the genus Diospyros, esp D. ebenum of S India, that have hard dark wood: family Ebenaceae: See also persimmon

  2. the wood of such a tree, much used for cabinetwork

    • a black colour, sometimes with a dark olive tinge

    • (as adjective): an ebony skin

Origin of ebony

C16 hebeny, from Late Latin ebeninus from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos ebony, of Egyptian origin

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