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Meaning of IVORY

Pronunciation:  'Ivuree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a shade of white the color of bleached bones
  2. [n]  a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses

IVORY is a 5 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: bone, off-white, pearl, tusk
 See Also: dentin, dentine, white, whiteness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\I"vo*ry\, n.; pl. {Ivories}. [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr.
L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr.
ibha elephant. Cf. {Eburnean}.]

1. The hard, white, opaque, fine-grained substance
   constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of
   dentine, characterized by the minuteness and close
   arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure.
   It is used in manufacturing articles of ornament or

Note: Ivory is the name commercially given not only to the
      substance constituting the tusks of the elephant, but
      also to that of the tusks of the hippopotamus and
      walrus, the hornlike tusk of the narwhal, etc.

2. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.

3. Any carving executed in ivory. --Mollett.

4. pl. Teeth; as, to show one's ivories. [Slang]

{Ivory black}. See under {Black}, n.

{Ivory gull} (Zo["o]l.), a white Arctic gull ({Larus

{Ivory nut} (Bot.), the nut of a species of palm, the
   {Phytephas macroarpa}, often as large as a hen's egg. When
   young the seed contains a fluid, which gradually hardness
   into a whitish, close-grained, albuminous substance,
   resembling the finest ivory in texture and color, whence
   it is called {vegetable ivory}. It is wrought into various
   articles, as buttons, chessmen, etc. The palm is found in
   New Grenada. A smaller kind is the fruit of the {Phytephas
   microarpa}. The nuts are known in commerce as Corosso

{Ivory palm} (Bot.), the palm tree which produces ivory nuts.

{Ivory shell} (Zo["o]l.), any species of {Eburna}, a genus of
   marine gastropod shells, having a smooth surface, usually
   white with red or brown spots.

{Vegetable ivory}, the meat of the ivory nut. See {Ivory nut}

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing ivory in your dream, symbolizes purity, strength, and endurance.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. pl. shenhabbim, the "tusks of elephants") was early used in decorations by the Egyptians, and a great trade in it was carried on by the Assyrians (Ezek. 27:6; Rev. 18:12). It was used by the Phoenicians to ornament the box-wood rowing-benches of their galleys, and Hiram's skilled workmen made Solomon's throne of ivory (1 Kings 10:18). It was brought by the caravans of Dedan (Isa. 21:13), and from the East Indies by the navy of Tarshish (1 Kings 10:22). Many specimens of ancient Egyptian and Assyrian ivory-work have been preserved. The word _habbim_ is derived from the Sanscrit _ibhas_, meaning "elephant," preceded by the Hebrew article (ha); and hence it is argued that Ophir, from which it and the other articles mentioned in 1 Kings 10:22 were brought, was in India.

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