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.
any tree yielding such wood.
any of various similar woods or trees.
a deep, lustrous black.
Also ebon. made of ebony.
of a deep, lustrous black.
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How to use ebony in a sentence
The pieces, purchased by my grandparents on their honeymoon to Mexico in 1949, were slender, made of ebony and ivory.We Taught Computers To Play Chess — And Then They Left Us Behind | Oliver Roeder | January 25, 2022 | FiveThirtyEight
I returned to the front desk with my selection, and a few minutes later, a handler appeared with Luna, a 6-month-old with an ebony coat, almond eyes and a toddler’s irrepressible energy.In Tennessee, the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary welcomes two-legged visitors | Andrea Sachs | October 29, 2021 | Washington Post
Sinking your spoon into the plastic cup delivers ebony and ivory in perfect harmony.Taqueria Xochi serves mouthwatering Mexican food from a tiny U Street storefront | Tom Sietsema | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Soon thereafter she gave birth to a little daughter who was as white as snow, as red as blood, and her hair as black as ebony.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her | The Brothers Grimm | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I remember saying, ‘Oh my God, Mom, you have to move,’” ebony remembers.
Afterward, ebony went to the apartment where her mother had made such a valiant stand.
ebony had been 12 when her mother was suddenly deprived of her livelihood.
That did not preclude ebony Jones from speaking about her mother.
Stradiuarius made a few instruments inlaid with ebony and ivory round the edges.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
Pallid, Sir Lucien Pyne lay by the ebony chair glaring horribly upward.Dope | Sax Rohmer
It had spread, an ebony patch, equally about the bole of the tree, so that the sun must have been immediately overhead.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Before going down he locked them up in a small ebony cabinet which stood against the wall.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
On coming out his skin would be shining like ebony, and he would squeal with pleasure as I rubbed water down his back.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
British Dictionary definitions for ebony
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
the wood of such a tree, much used for cabinetwork
a black colour, sometimes with a dark olive tinge
(as adjective): an ebony skin
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