ivorine

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French ivorin, ivoirin, from ivoire (ivory); later also from ivory +‎ -ine.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ivorine (comparative more ivorine, superlative most ivorine)

  1. (obsolete) Made of ivory.
  2. Resembling ivory; white, smooth.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 162:
      All Van saw there of his new Ada were her ivorine thighs and haunches, and the very first time he clasped them she bade him, in the midst of his vigorous joy, to glance across her shoulder over the window ledge [...].

Noun[edit]

ivorine (plural ivorines)

  1. A type of man-made imitation ivory.