What does ivory mean?

Definitions for ivory
ˈaɪ və ri, ˈaɪ vriivory

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ivory, tusk(noun)

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

  2. bone, ivory, pearl, off-white(noun)

    a shade of white the color of bleached bones

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ivory(noun)

    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. Ivory(noun)

    the tusks themselves of the elephant, etc

  3. Ivory(noun)

    any carving executed in ivory

  4. Ivory(noun)

    teeth; as, to show one's ivories

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

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  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ivory

    A cream colored substance composed primarily of dentine that forms the tusk of a variety of different animals.

    Ivory is no longer a requirement for certain products eg. piano keys and ornaments as there are now other substances that can form these products.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on April 30, 2016  

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Numerology

  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. President Uhuru Kenyatta:

    Kenya is making a statement that for us ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants.

  2. Andrew Wetzler:

    The more we can eliminate legal markets in ivory, the more difficult it becomes to sell ivory illegally.

  3. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.

  4. Alassane Ouattara:

    I hear talk here and there that there are political tensions, it's not true. Ivory Coast wants to move forward.

  5. Birama Sissoko:

    There is a stock of ivory that circulates. If we can get hold of the ivory, we can work backwards until we get hold of the poachers.

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