Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Made of ebony.
  • adjective Black in color.
  • noun Ebony.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of ebony.
  • adjective Like ebony, especially in color; black; dark.
  • noun Poetic Ebony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Ebony; an ebony tree.
  • adjective Made of ebony.
  • adjective poetic Black in colour.

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

  • adjective of a very dark black

Etymologies

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

[Middle English eban, ebony wood, from Old French, from Latin hebenus, ebenus, ebony tree, from Greek ebenos; see ebony.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French eban (modern ébène), from Latin ebenus, from Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ebenos, "ebony tree").

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

  • 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

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

    Fallout

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

    THE RIVER KINGS’ ROAD

  • 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

  • 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

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