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1. Made of ebony.
2. Black in color.

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


n, adj
(Colours) a poetic word for ebony
[C14: from Latin hebenus; see ebony]


(ˈɛb ən)

[1350–1400; Middle English eban, ebyn ebony < Old French eban, ebaine < Medieval Latin ebanus, for Latin (h)ebenus < Greek ébenos]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ebon - of a very dark black
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"


Of the darkest achromatic visual value:
References in classic literature ?
Bobbing up and down in that sea, Pip's ebon head showed like a head of cloves.
Traversing the long and matted gallery, I descended the slippery steps of oak; then I gained the hall: I halted there a minute; I looked at some pictures on the walls (one, I remember, represented a grim man in a cuirass, and one a lady with powdered hair and a pearl necklace), at a bronze lamp pendent from the ceiling, at a great clock whose case was of oak curiously carved, and ebon black with time and rubbing.
While the objects around me--while the carvings of the ceilings, the sombre tapestries of the walls, the ebon blackness of the floors, and the phantasmagoric armorial trophies which rattled as I strode, were but matters to which, or to such as which, I had been accustomed from my infancy--while I hesitated not to acknowledge how familiar was all this--I still wondered to find how unfamiliar were the fancies which ordinary images were stirring up.
The boy shook himself free, and with a shout of greeting ran forward toward the ebon players.
charming image of an artless fair, "Whose eyes, with lightning, fire the very soul; "Whose face portrays the mind, and ebon hair "Gives grace and harmony unto the whole.
Of molten stars their pavement, such as fall Thro' the ebon air, besilvering the pall Of their own dissolution, while they die - Adorning then the dwellings of the sky.
Regardless of the foolish belief of the peoples of the outer world, or of Holy Thern, or ebon First Born, I am not dead.
Note well the symbol inlaid in white upon its ebon surface.
Pacing the flagship of this mighty fleet, second only to the navy of Helium, was the ebon godar, Jeddak of the First Born, his heart beating strong in anticipation of the coming moment when he should hurl his savage crews and the weight of his mighty ships upon the enemies of the warlord.
Six trips he made in the five hours before Basuli reached the kopje, and at the end of that time he had transported forty-eight ingots to the edge of the great boulder, carrying upon each trip a load which might well have staggered two ordinary men, yet his giant frame showed no evidence of fatigue, as he helped to raise his ebon warriors to the hill top with the rope that had been brought for the purpose.
With him were a score of his ebon warriors, but far too slow for the ape-man was the progress of these trained and hardened woodsmen.
Full upon the breast of the painted savage the great beast struck, burying sharp talons in the black flesh and sinking great yellow fangs in the ebon throat.