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ivory

[ ahy-vuh-ree, ahy-vree ]
/ ˈaɪ və ri, ˈaɪ vri /
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noun, plural i·vo·ries.
adjective
consisting or made of ivory.
of the color ivory.
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Origin of ivory

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old French ivurie, from Latin eboreus, noun use of neuter adjective, equivalent to ebor- (stem of ebur ) “ivory” + -eus adjective suffix; compare Egyptian ab, abu, Coptic eb, ebu “ivory, elephant,” Sanskrit íbhaḥ “elephant”; see -eous

OTHER WORDS FROM ivory

i·vo·ry·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ivory (1 of 2)

ivory
/ (ˈaɪvərɪ, -vrɪ) /

noun plural -ries
  1. a hard smooth creamy white variety of dentine that makes up a major part of the tusks of elephants, walruses, and similar animals
  2. (as modifier)ivory ornaments
a tusk made of ivory
  1. a yellowish-white colour; cream
  2. (as adjective)ivory shoes
a substance resembling elephant tusk
an ornament, etc, made of ivory
black ivory obsolete Black slaves collectively
See also ivories

Derived forms of ivory

ivory-like, adjective

Word Origin for ivory

C13: from Old French ivurie, from Latin evoreus made of ivory, from ebur ivory; related to Greek elephas ivory, elephant

British Dictionary definitions for ivory (2 of 2)

Ivory
/ (ˈaɪvərɪ) /

noun
James. born 1928, US film director. With the producer Ismael Merchant, his films include Shakespeare Wallah (1964), Heat and Dust (1983), A Room With a View (1986), and The Golden Bowl (2000)
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Scientific definitions for ivory

ivory
[ īvə-rē ]

The hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance forming the teeth and tusks of certain animals, such as the tusks of elephants and walruses and the teeth of certain whales. Ivory is composed of dentin.
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