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vegetable ivory

vegetable ivory

noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of vegetable ivory1

First recorded in 1835–45
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Example Sentences

The forests yield cinchona bark, caoutchouc, sarsaparilla, and vegetable ivory.

Substitution of vegetable ivory for metal in buttons was attempted.

Among those products of the palm which we import most liberally is "vegetable ivory."

Vegetable ivory is the kernel of the fruit of one of the most beautiful of palms (Phytelephas macrocarpa).

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

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