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See also: Ebon


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From Old French eban (modern ébène), from Latin ebenus, from Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ébenos, ebony tree).



ebon (plural ebons)

  1. (now poetic) Ebony; an ebony tree.


ebon (comparative more ebon, superlative most ebon)

  1. (poetic) Made of ebony.
  2. (poetic) Black in colour.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Romance and Reality. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 238:
      ...flowers stood beside, in an alabaster vase—exotics, that say, "our growth has been precious." A lute leant against the ebon stand; but the face of the lady wore the expression of deep and touching sorrow.
    • 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 279:
      Woona had silently and swiftly backed away; and her ebon face, Ursula saw, had changed into leaden flabbiness with some horrible fear.