What does Ivory mean?

Definitions for Ivory
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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ivorynoun

    Ivory is a hard, solid, and firm substance, of a fine white colour, and capable of a very good polish: it is the dens exertus of the elephant, who carries on each side of his jaws a tooth of six or seven feet in length, of the thickness of a man's thigh at the base, and almost entirely solid; the two sometimes weighing three hundreed and thirty pounds: these ivory tusks are hollow from the base to a certain height, and the cavity is filled with a compact medullary substance, seeming to have a great number of glands in it. The finest ivory is brought from the East-Indies, where great quantity of it is not taken immediately from the head of the animal, but found buried in the earth. The ivory of the islands of Ceylon and of Achem do not become yellow in the wearing as all other ivory does, and it therefore bears a greater price than of the Guinea coast. The preparations of ivory have the same restorative virtues with those of the hartshorn. Hill.

    Etymology: ivoire, French; ebur, Lat.

    There is more difference between thy flesh and hers, than between jet and ivory. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Draw Erato with a sweet and lovely countenance, bearing a heart with an ivory key. Henry Peacham.

    From their ivory port the cherubim
    Forth issu'd. John Milton.

    Two gates the silent house of sleep adorn,
    Of polish'd iv'ry this, that of transparent horn:
    True visions through transparent horn arise,
    Through polish'd iv'ry pass deluding lies. John Dryden, Æn.

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

  2. Ivorynoun

    the tusks themselves of the elephant, etc

  3. Ivorynoun

    any carving executed in ivory

  4. Ivorynoun

    teeth; as, to show one's ivories

  5. 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. Ken Calvert:

    The administration's ivory rule is well-intentioned, but was not crafted carefully enough to account for law-abiding Americans who may possess legally obtained products containing ivory.

  2. Justice Breyer:

    You're at a distance. It is an ivory tower, there does tend to develop a kind of wall from people.

  3. Charlie Mayhew:

    Whether we like it or not, our market is complicit in the trade in ivory, the big concern that we have at the moment is that there is evidence that unscrupulous traders and dealers are using the 1947 rule to disguise more modern ivory as being pre-1947, when it's not.

  4. Abdul Mahdi:

    We do not live in ivory towers - we walk among you in the streets of Baghdad.

  5. Leon Barron:

    This is the first time that fingerprinting on ivory has been thoroughly investigated and a practical solution offered, the only other study carried out over a decade ago simply showed that fingerprints were unstable and that the clarity of ridge detail was low, making it difficult to make reliable identifications.

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