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ivory nut

noun

  1. the seed of a low, South American palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, yielding vegetable ivory.
  2. a similar seed from other palms.


ivory nut

noun

  1. the seed of the ivory palm, which contains an ivory-like substance used to make buttons, etc
  2. any similar seed from other palms


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Word History and Origins

Origin of ivory nut1

First recorded in 1915–20
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Example Sentences

The price of ivory-nut waste was high, because of the use of this material in the manufacture of lactic acid.

A curious article of exportation is the ivory nut, or tagua, which in value now comes next after bananas.

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