Meaning of IVORY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈīv-rē, ˈī-və-rē ]


( plural -ries )

Etymology: Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-French ivoire, ivurie, from Latin eboreus of ivory, from ebor-, ebur ivory, from Egyptian ˒ʾ b, ˒ʾ bw elephant, ivory

Date: 13th century


a. : the hard creamy-white modified dentine that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal (as an elephant, walrus, or narwhal)

b. : a tusk that yields ivory

2. : a variable color averaging a pale yellow

3. slang : tooth

4. : something (as a piano key) made of ivory or of a similar substance

• ivory adjective

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