ivory

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An ivory decoration (1)-(3)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-Norman ivurie, from Latin eboreus (in or of ivory) adjective of ebur (ivory) (genitive eboris), from Coptic ⲉⲃⲟⲩ (ebu, elephant), from Egyptian 𓍋𓃀𓅱𓌟 (ȝbw).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈaɪvəɹi/
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  • Hyphenation: i‧vo‧ry

Noun[edit]

ivory (countable and uncountable, plural ivories)

  1. (uncountable) The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.
  2. A creamy white colour, the colour of ivory.
    ivory colour:    
  3. Something made from or resembling ivory.
  4. (collective singular or in plural) The teeth.
  5. (collective singular or in plural) The keys of a piano.
  6. (slang) A white person.

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Adjective[edit]

ivory (not comparable)

  1. Made of ivory.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 10, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.
  2. Resembling or having the colour of ivory.

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