Ivory definition

īvə-rē, īvrē
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The hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance forming the teeth and tusks of certain animals, such as the tusks of elephants and walruses and the teeth of certain whales. Ivory is composed of dentin.
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(music) Piano keys.
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(games) Dice.
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(slang) The teeth.
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(slang) Things resembling or suggesting ivory.
  • Piano keys.
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  • Dice.
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Dentin in any form.
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Any substance like ivory in appearance, use, etc.
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(uncountable) The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.
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A creamy white colour, the colour of ivory.

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Something made from or resembling ivory.
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(collective singular or in plural) The teeth.
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(collective singular or in plural) The keys of a piano.
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(slang) A white person.
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Made of ivory.
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Resembling or having the colour of ivory.
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Composed or constructed of ivory.
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A substance resembling ivory.
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A pale or grayish yellow to yellowish white.
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A hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance composed primarily of dentin that forms the tusks of the elephant.
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A similar substance forming the tusks or teeth of certain other mammals, such as the walrus.
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The hard, white substance, a form of dentin, that makes up the tusks of elephants, walruses, etc.
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The color of ivory; creamy white.
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A tusk of an elephant, walrus, etc.
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Creamy-white.
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A tusk, especially an elephant's tusk.
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An article made of ivory.
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Of a pale or grayish yellow to yellowish white.
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Things made of ivory.
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Of, made of, or like ivory.
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tickle the ivories
  • to play the piano
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ivory
Plural:
ivories

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of ivory

  • Middle English ivorie from Old French ivoire, ivurie from Latin eboreus of ivory from ebur ebor- ivory from Coptic ebou elephant from Egyptian ’bw

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

  • From Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-Norman ivurie, from Latin eboreus (“in or of ivory”) adjective of ebur (“ivory”) (genitive eboris), from Coptic [script?] ebou (“elephant”) , from Egyptian (ȝbw).

    From Wiktionary