Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made of ebony.
  • adj. Black in color.
  • n. Ebony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ebony; an ebony tree.
  • adj. Made of ebony.
  • adj. Black in colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of ebony.
  • adj. Like ebony, especially in color; black; dark.
  • n. Ebony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ebony (which see).
  • Consisting or made of ebony.
  • Like ebony in color; dark; black.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a very dark black

Etymologies

Middle English eban, ebony wood, from Old French, from Latin hebenus, ebenus, ebony tree, from Greek ebenos; see ebony.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French eban (modern ébène), from Latin ebenus, from Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ebenos, "ebony tree"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Blackbird, my dark brother dressed in ebon from head to toe, played like a madman.

    Blackbird Pie « A Fly in Amber

  • He was at one and the same instant all modern, all imminently primitive, capable of fighting in redness of tooth and claw, desirous of remaining modern for as long as he could with his will master the study of ebon black of skin and dazzling white of decoration that confronted him.

    CHAPTER IX

  • Firedrake: Brooding atmosphere stoic figure still upon a throne implacable and imovable but wringing with a potential for violence (see chain sword!) ... suggestive of inhuman power ebon skin and glowing eyes, but, a hint of humanity remains.

    Book Cover Smackdown! 'Zoo City' vs. 'Plague Year' (Czech) vs. Firedrake

  • Shadows danced around her like ebon flames, growing thicker by the moment.

    THE RIVER KINGS’ ROAD

  • It let out a scream and dissipated, struck to the heart by the ebon blade.

    Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon

  • Dougal unsheathed his sword then, and the ebon blade seemed to hum in his hand.

    Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon

  • She is a storm cloud—puffs of ebon skin fringing her soiled white cotton nightgown.

    Fallout

  • In the novel "Virtual Light," cyberpunk author William Gibson envisages a Mexico City of the near future where the air is a sooted ebon and the populace wears oxygen masks.

    The city's "apocalypse" has come and gone

  • The jet-black slab of the monolith was, of course, an extraordinarily difficult object to light and photograph - and the scene would certainly have been wrecked if naked fingerprints had appeared on the ebon surface, even before it had been touched by the gloved hands of the astronauts.

    Tin

  • "Sorry we're running a bit late, " Nightwind apologized, pulling her ebon hair away from her finely honed face.

    Elephant in the City

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