Definitions for vegetable ivory

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

veg′etable i′vory(n.)

  1. the hard endosperm of the ivory nut, used to make buttons, ornamentation, etc.

    Category: Plants

Origin of vegetable ivory:

1835–45

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ivory nut, vegetable ivory, apple nut(noun)

    nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons

Wiktionary

  1. vegetable ivory(Noun)

    The nutlike seed of the South American tagua palm; used to make small items such as buttons.

Freebase

  1. Vegetable ivory

    Vegetable ivory is a product made from the very hard white endosperm of the seeds of certain palm trees. Vegetable ivory is named for its resemblance to elephant ivory. Species in the genus Phytelephas, native to South America are the most important sources of vegetable ivory. The seeds of Metroxylon amicarum, from Micronesia and Hyphaene ventricosa, from Africa are also used to produce vegetable ivory.

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