ivory

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English[edit]

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An ivory decoration (1)-(3)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English yvory, ivorie, from Anglo-Norman ivurie, from Latin eboreus (in or of ivory) adjective of ebur (ivory) (genitive eboris), from Demotic yb (ivory, Elephantine) (compare Coptic ⲓⲏⲃ (iēb, Elephantine)), from Egyptian ꜣbw (elephant, ivory, Elephantine). Displaced native Old English elpendbān (literally elephant bone).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈaɪv(ə)ɹi/
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  • Hyphenation: i‧vo‧ry, ivo‧ry

Noun[edit]

ivory (countable and uncountable, plural ivories)

  1. (uncountable) The hard white form of dentin which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.
  2. A creamy white color, the color of ivory.
    ivory:  
  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.
    Coordinate term: ebony
  6. (slang) A white person.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:white person

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Adjective[edit]

ivory (not comparable)

  1. Made of ivory.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 10, in 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.
    • 1938, Interior Decoration To-day (page 132)
      The walls and ceiling of this drawing-room in Montague Square are painted ivory.

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Noun[edit]

ivory

  1. Alternative form of yvory