What does Ivory mean?

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ˈaɪ və ri, ˈaɪ vriIvo·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ivory, tusknoun

    a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses

  2. bone, ivory, pearl, off-whitenoun

    a shade of white the color of bleached bones

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ivorynoun

    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 utility

    Etymology: [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean.]

  2. Ivorynoun

    the tusks themselves of the elephant, etc

    Etymology: [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean.]

  3. Ivorynoun

    any carving executed in ivory

    Etymology: [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean.]

  4. Ivorynoun

    teeth; as, to show one's ivories

    Etymology: [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean.]

Freebase

  1. Ivory

    Ivory is a hard, white material, derived from the tusks and teeth of animals, that is used in art or manufacturing. It consists of dentine, a tissue that is similar to bone. It has been important since ancient times for making a range of items, from ivory carvings to false teeth, fans, and dominoes. Elephant ivory has been the most important source, but ivory from many species including the hippopotamus, walrus, pig, sperm whale, and narwhal has been used. The word ultimately derives from the Ancient Egyptian âb, âbu "elephant", through the Latin ebor- or ebur. The use and trade of elephant ivory have become controversial because they have contributed to seriously declining elephant populations in many countries. In 1975, the Asian elephant was placed on Appendix One of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which prevents international trade between member countries. The African elephant was placed on Appendix One in January 1990. Since then, some southern African countries have had their populations of elephants "downlisted" to Appendix Two, allowing sale of some stockpiles. Ivory has many ornamental and practical uses. Prior to the introduction of plastics, it was used for billiard balls, piano keys, Scottish bagpipes, buttons and a wide range of ornamental items. Synthetic substitutes for ivory have been developed. Plastics have been viewed by piano purists as an inferior ivory substitute on piano keys, although other recently developed materials more closely resemble the feel of real ivory.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ivory

    ī′vo-ri, n. the hard, white substance composing the tusks of the elephant and of the sea-horse.—adj. made of, or resembling, ivory.—adj. I′voried, made like ivory: furnished with teeth.—ns. I′vory-black, a black powder, originally made from burnt ivory, but now from bone; I′vory-nut, the nut of a species of palm, containing a substance like ivory; I′vory-palm, the tree which bears the ivory-nut; I′vory-por′celain, a fine ware with an ivory-white glaze.—Show one's ivories, to show the teeth. [O. Fr. ivurie (Fr. ivoire)—L. ebur, eboris, ivory; Coptic ebu; Sans. ibhas, an elephant.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ivory in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ivory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Ivory in a Sentence

  1. Holly Morgan:

    I felt a bit trapped between the ivory tower Oxford walls, i just had this general feeling that we were quite a young movement, I felt like I needed some real life experience.

  2. Aimee Bahng:

    Even though we might be sort of cloistered away in the ivory tower or something, we felt very much moved by, incited by, inspired by a lot of the activists' work following the failure to indict Darren Wilson after the events in Ferguson, we wanted to not leave this behind after winter break.

  3. Fabrice Laurent:

    Origins is the only stockholder at the moment in Cipexi in Ivory Coast, where we have inherited two factories and some 600 employees of the company.

  4. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beauve:

    Vigny, more secretAs if in his tower of ivory, retired before noon.N.B. Vigny refers to Comte de Vigny, who locked himself in an ivory tower to work without the influences of man and desire.

  5. Samuel Wasser:

    Targeting these areas for law enforcement could stop the largest amount of poaching-related mortality in Africa and choke at the major sources of ivory fueling the criminal networks that allow this transnational organized crime to operate.

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