• synonyms

vegetable ivory

  1. ivory(def 9).
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Origin of vegetable ivory

First recorded in 1835–45
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Historical Examples

  • The roofs are of thatch, for which the leaves of the yarina or vegetable-ivory tree are generally used.

    The Putumayo, The Devil's Paradise

    Walter Hardenburg

British Dictionary definitions for vegetable ivory

vegetable ivory

  1. the hard whitish material obtained from the endosperm of the ivory nut: used to make buttons, ornaments, etc
  2. another name for the ivory nut
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