Definitions for vegetable ivory
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the hard endosperm of the ivory nut, used to make buttons, ornamentation, etc.
Origin of vegetable ivory:
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
The nutlike seed of the South American tagua palm; used to make small items such as buttons.
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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