- the hard white substance, a variety of dentin, composing the main part of the tusks of the elephant, walrus, etc.
- this substance when taken from a dead animal and used to make carvings, billiard balls, etc.
- some substance resembling this.
- an article made of this substance, as a carving or a billiard ball.
- a tusk, as of an elephant.
- dentin of any kind.
- Slang. a tooth, or the teeth.
- ivories, Slang.
- the keys of a piano or of a similar keyboard instrument.
- Also called vegetable ivory. the hard endosperm of the ivory nut, used for ornamental purposes, for buttons, etc.
- a creamy or yellowish white.
- a smooth paper finish produced by coating with beeswax before calendering.
- consisting or made of ivory.
- of the color ivory.
Origin of ivory
Examples from the Web for 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
November 23, 2014
These goods were probably exchanged with Gedi inhabitants for animal skins and ivory.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi
September 18, 2014
“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.
Poaching fell off dramatically, and the black market price of ivory dropped.
There is a kind of beauty that seems made to be painted on ivory, and such was hers.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Her ivory forehead was wrinkled charmingly in a little frown of obstinacy.Within the Law
The first evening they talked of the wonder of the ivory stockade.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
There he made the gold and ivory statue of Zeus that you shall see in Zeus's temple.Buried Cities, Part 2
There was Ivory Brown's funeral: how would that have gone on if it hadn't been for her?The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
- 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 tusk made of ivory
- a yellowish-white colour; cream
- (as adjective)ivory shoes
- a substance resembling elephant tusk
- an ornament, etc, made of ivory
- black ivory obsolete Black slaves collectively
- 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)
Word Origin and History for ivory
mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), Anglo-French ivorie, from Old North French ivurie (12c.), from Latin eboreus "of ivory," from ebur (genitive eboris) "ivory," probably via Phoenician from an African source (cf. Egyptian ab "elephant," Coptic ebu "ivory"). Replaced Old English elpendban, literally "elephant bone." Applied in slang to articles made from it, such as dice (1830) and piano keys (1854). As a color, especially in reference to human skin, it is attested from 1580s. Ivories as slang for "teeth" dates from 1782. Related: Ivoried.
- 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.