American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A black pigment prepared from charred ivory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine soft black pigment, prepared from ivory-dust by calcination in closed vessels, in the same way as boneblack.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a fine kind of animal charcoal prepared by calcining ivory or bones. When ground it is the chief ingredient of the ink used in copperplate printing.
- n. See under Black, n.
- n. a black pigment made from grinding burnt ivory in oil
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