- the keys of a piano or of a similar keyboard instrument.
Origin of ivory
OTHER WORDS FROM ivoryi·vo·ry·like, adjective
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How to use ivory in a sentence
Nearly two dozen species, including the iconic ivory-billed woodpecker and several kinds of freshwater mussels, were declared extinct this week by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, after years of surveys failed to turn up any of them.What “extinction” really means — and what it leaves out|Benji Jones|September 30, 2021|Vox
These pretty wooden pumpkins, which come in a set that includes ivory and sage shades, look like the real thing.
In 1924, famed Cornell University ornithologist Arthur “Doc” Allen took the world’s first photograph of the ivory bill in Florida — just days before two collectors shot the mating pair.Ivory-billed woodpecker officially declared extinct, along with 22 other species|Dino Grandoni|September 29, 2021|Washington Post
I set about cleaning, dipping a rag into a bowl of milk and carefully wiping down the ivory keys.
Milk, according to ’70s-era design magazines, made ivory, well, ivory-er, and I was hard at work when my father stumbled onto the scene.
Soon his coffers were overflowing with revenue from rubber, palm oil, and ivory.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These goods were probably exchanged with Gedi inhabitants for animal skins and ivory.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi|Nina Strochlic|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The new regs say: “Personal possession of legally acquired items containing elephant ivory will remain legal.”
“We can only save African elephants if China and Japan ban the ivory trade,” Thornton told me.
Today, ivory prices are at record highs, having tripled since that 2008 auction, up to around $1,500 a pound.
Stradiuarius made a few instruments inlaid with ebony and ivory round the edges.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
Her Nazarites were whiter than snow, purer than milk, more ruddy than the old ivory, fairer than the sapphire.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Gwynne thought her a creature of infinite possibilities, beside whom Isabel was a statue in ivory.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Of course, it was not smoke obscuring the moon, she decided; it was a lamp, upheld by an ivory figure—a lamp with a Chinese shade.Dope|Sax Rohmer
The Chinese possess marvellous skill in carving ivory, tortoiseshell, and wood.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for ivory (1 of 2)
- a hard smooth creamy white variety of dentine that makes up a major part of the tusks of elephants, walruses, and similar animals
- (as modifier)ivory ornaments
- a yellowish-white colour; cream
- (as adjective)ivory shoes