Ebony meaning

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Black or very dark brown.
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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.
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The color black; ebon.
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Made of or suggesting ebony.
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Black in color.
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Dark-skinned; black; especially in reference to African-Americans.
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Any of various tropical Asian or African trees of the genus Diospyros.
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Made of ebony.
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The hard dark wood of various other trees.
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Ebony is defined as a very dark black color, or a dark wood from a tropical persimmon tree, or any tree that yields this defined as dark wood.

A very dark black kitchen counter is an example of ebony.

Furniture made from a tropical persimmon tree is an example of ebony.

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Any tree that yields this wood.
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Like ebony, esp. in color; dark or black.
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Designating a family (Ebenaceae, order Ebenales) of dicotyledonous tropical trees and shrubs, including the persimmon.
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A hard, heavy, deep black wood from various subtropical and tropical trees, especially of the genus Diospyros.
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A tree that yields such wood.
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A deep, dark black colour.

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(slang) A black key on a piano or other keyboard instrument.
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Made of ebony wood.
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A deep, dark black colour.

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A female given name from the noun ebony, of mostly African-American usage since the mid-twentieth century.
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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.
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Origin of ebony

  • Probably from Middle English hebenyf ebony wood from alteration of Late Latin hebeninus of ebony from Greek ebeninos from ebenos ebony tree from Egyptian hbny

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary