noun, plural i·vo·ries.
- the keys of a piano or of a similar keyboard instrument.
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Origin of ivory
OTHER WORDS FROM ivoryi·vo·ry·like, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for ivory
I set about cleaning, dipping a rag into a bowl of milk and carefully wiping down the ivory keys.Should parents cry in front of their kids? I asked a psychologist, and my 9-year-old.|Cathy Alter|April 8, 2021|Washington Post
Future analyses of ivory uncovered at historical port sites could help solve the mystery.
The fact that the tusks originated from many different herds hints that multiple communities in West Africa were involved in supplying the ivory.
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)
noun plural -ries
- 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