- From Old French ivorin, ivoirin, from ivoire ("ivory"); later also from ivory + -ine. (Wiktionary)
“At eighty she kept the hawk-nosed, ivorine face of the old Elamite nobility; the pure Persian strain, unmixed with Median.”
“He had invested several thousands of pounds -- in Shiel's name -- in enamel-ivorine, the new stuff for stopping teeth, which looks exactly like part of the teeth.”
“Aphrodite ivorine, existed only in the radiant imaginations of her carefully-arranged acquaintances.”
“Better to seek solace in choregraphic harmonies, in the rhythm of gracious motion and of perfect melody, than hearken to the discords of the wild orchestra of storms; -- wiser to admire the grace of Parisian toilets, the eddy of trailing robes with its fairy-foam of lace, the ivorine loveliness of glossy shoulders and jewelled throats, the glimmering of satin-slippered feet, -- than to watch the raging of the flood without, or the flying of the wrack ...”
“Charmian set her martini and Jeff’s beer on ivorine coasters so as not to mar the Italianate table in front of the couch.”
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