noun, plural i·vo·ries.
- the keys of a piano or of a similar keyboard instrument.
Origin of ivory
Related Words for ivorypearly, light, alabaster, argent, neutral, blond, sallow, white, pale, blonde, blanched, chalky, colorless, creamy, faded, fair-haired, milky, pallid, snowy
Examples from the Web for ivory
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of ivory
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
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
Word Origin 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.