A statue made of ebony.
- A very dark black kitchen counter is an example of ebony.
- Furniture made from a tropical persimmon tree is an example of ebony.
- the hard, heavy, dark, durable wood of any of various trees, esp. of a group of persimmons native to tropical Africa, Asia, and Sri Lanka: it is used for furniture and decorative woodwork
- any tree that yields this wood
Origin of ebonyMiddle English ebenif ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin ebenius ; from ebenus: see ebon
- made of ebony
- like ebony, esp. in color; dark or black
- designating a family (Ebenaceae, order Ebenales) of dicotyledonous tropical trees and shrubs, including the persimmon
- Any of various tropical Asian or African trees of the genus Diospyros.
- The wood of such a tree, especially the hard black heartwood of D. ebenum or certain other species, used in cabinetwork and inlaying and for piano keys.
- The hard dark wood of various other trees.
- The color black; ebon.
- Made of or suggesting ebony.
- Black in color.
Origin of ebonyProbably from Middle English hebenyf, ebony wood, from alteration of Late Latin hebeninus, of ebony, from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos, ebony tree, from Egyptian hbny.
(usually uncountable, plural ebonies)
(comparative more ebony, superlative most ebony)
From earlier hebeny, from Middle English ebenif, hebenyf (influenced by Late Latin hebeninus), from Ecclesiastical Latin ebenius (“of ebony”), from Latin hebenus (“ebon tree”), from Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ebenos), from Egyptian (hbny).
- A female given name from the noun ebony, of mostly African-American usage since the mid-twentieth century.