Definitions

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

  • n. A hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance composed primarily of dentin that forms the tusks of the elephant.
  • n. A similar substance forming the tusks or teeth of certain other mammals, such as the walrus.
  • n. A tusk, especially an elephant's tusk.
  • n. An article made of ivory.
  • n. A substance resembling ivory.
  • n. A pale or grayish yellow to yellowish white.
  • n. Music Piano keys.
  • n. Games Dice.
  • n. Slang The teeth.
  • adj. Composed or constructed of ivory.
  • adj. Of a pale or grayish yellow to yellowish white.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.
  • n. A creamy white colour, the colour of ivory.
  • n. Something made from or resembling ivory.
  • n. The teeth.
  • n. The keys of a piano.
  • n. A white person.
  • adj. Made of ivory.
  • adj. Resembling or having the colour of ivory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The hard, white, opaque, fine-grained substance constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of dentine, characterized by the minuteness and close arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure. It is used in manufacturing articles of ornament or utility.
  • n. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.
  • n. Any carving executed in ivory.
  • n. Teeth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hard substance, not unlike bone, of which the teeth of most mammals chiefly consist; specifically, a kind of dentine valuable for industrial purposes, as that derived from the tusks of the elephant, hippopotamus, walrus, narwhal, and some other animals.
  • n. An object made of ivory.
  • n. plural Teeth.
  • Consisting or made of ivory; resembling ivory in color or texture: as, the gown was made of ivory satin.
  • n. A dialectal form of ivy, simulating ivory.
  • n. In mathematics, one of two points on each of two confocal ellipsoids, such that, if the two ellipsoids be referred to their principal axes, the coördinates are in the same proportions as each pair to the axes of the two ellipsoids having the same direction.

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

  • n. a shade of white the color of bleached bones
  • n. a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses

Etymologies

Middle English ivorie, from Old French ivoire, ivurie, from Latin eboreus, of ivory, from ebur, ebor-, ivory, from Coptic ebou, elephant, from Egyptian 'bw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-Norman ivurie, from Latin eboreus ("in or of ivory") adjective of ebur ("ivory") (genitive eboris), from Coptic ebou ("elephant") , from Egyptian 𓍋𓃀𓅱𓌟 (ȝbw). (Wiktionary)

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  • The Horseman

    I heard a horseman
    Ride over the hill;
    The moon shone clear,
    The night was still;
    His helm was silver,
    And pale was he;
    And the horse he rode
    Was of ivory.


    _Walter De la Mare

    February 23, 2008