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eb·on·y

 (ĕb′ə-nē)
n. pl. eb·on·ies
1. Any of various tropical Asian or African trees of the genus Diospyros.
2. The wood of such a tree, especially the hard black heartwood of D. ebenum or certain other species, used in cabinetwork and inlaying and for piano keys.
3. The hard dark wood of various other trees.
4. The color black; ebon.
adj.
1. Made of or suggesting ebony.
2. Black in color.

[Probably from Middle English hebenyf, ebony wood, from alteration of Late Latin hebeninus, of ebony, from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos, ebony tree, from Egyptian hbny.]

ebony

(ˈɛbənɪ)
n, pl -onies
1. (Plants) any of various tropical and subtropical trees of the genus Diospyros, esp D. ebenum of S India, that have hard dark wood: family Ebenaceae. See also persimmon
2. (Plants) the wood of such a tree, much used for cabinetwork
3. (Colours)
a. a black colour, sometimes with a dark olive tinge
b. (as adjective): an ebony skin.
[C16 hebeny, from Late Latin ebeninus from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos ebony, of Egyptian origin]

eb•on•y

(ˈɛb ə ni)

n., pl. -on•ies,
adj. n.
1. a hard, heavy, durable, dark wood from tropical trees of the African and Asian genus Diospyros, of the ebony family, used for cabinetwork, ornamental objects, etc.
2. any tree yielding such wood.
3. a deep, lustrous black.
adj.
4. made of ebony.
5. of a deep, lustrous black.
[1590–1600; earlier hebeny; see ebon; -y perhaps after ivory]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ebony - a very dark blackebony - a very dark black      
black, blackness, inkiness - the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)
2.ebony - hard dark-colored heartwood of the ebony tree; used in cabinetwork and for piano keys
Diospyros ebenum, ebony tree, ebony - tropical tree of southern Asia having hard dark-colored heartwood used in cabinetwork
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
3.ebony - tropical tree of southern Asia having hard dark-colored heartwood used in cabinetworkebony - tropical tree of southern Asia having hard dark-colored heartwood used in cabinetwork
Diospyros, genus Diospyros - a genus of trees or shrubs that have beautiful and valuable wood
ebony - hard dark-colored heartwood of the ebony tree; used in cabinetwork and for piano keys
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
Adj.1.ebony - of a very dark black
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"

ebony

adjective black, dark, jet, raven, sable, pitch-black, jet-black, inky, swarthy, coal-black He had rich, soft ebony hair. see shades from black to white

ebony

adjective
Of the darkest achromatic visual value:
Translations
ibenholtibenholt-ibenholtsort
ébenfaébenfekete szín
eins og íbenholtíbenholt, íbenviîur, tinnuviîur
juodmedislabai juodas
melnkoka-melnkoka krāsāmelnkoks
abanos
ebenebenovo čierny
abanozkarasiyah

ebony

[ˈebənɪ]
A. Nébano m
B. CPDde ébano

ebony

[ˈɛbəni]
nébène f
modif [box, cabinet] → en ébène, d'ébène
adj (= dark) [skin] → d'ébènee-book ebook [ˈiːbʊk] nlivre m électronique

ebony

nEbenholz nt
adj colourschwarz wie Ebenholz; materialaus Ebenholz; hair, faceebenholzfarben

ebony

[ˈɛbənɪ] nebano

ebony

(ˈebəni)
1. noun, adjective (of) a type of wood, usually black and almost as heavy and hard as stone.
2. adjective black as ebony.
References in classic literature ?
I should choose this if I might," replied Amy, looking with great admiration at a string of gold and ebony beads from which hung a heavy cross of the same.
In the glamour of the moonlight they had vanished; a veil of silver-gray vapor touched here and there with ebony shadows masked its site.
Near the fireplace was a large and very beautiful cabinet of ebony, inlaid with ivory; a piece of antique furniture, which Mr.
But seeing that it was not at all limber, and that it glistened a good deal like polished ebony, I concluded that it must be nothing but a wooden idol, which indeed it proved to be.
Nor smile so, while I write that this little black was brilliant, for even blackness has its brilliancy; behold yon lustrous ebony, panelled in king's cabinets.
Then his eye passed to the long table in the center of the hall, a table black as ebony, and gleaming with wrought silver and gold.
Black Sam, as he was commonly called, from his being about three shades blacker than any other son of ebony on the place, was revolving the matter profoundly in all its phases and bearings, with a comprehensiveness of vision and a strict lookout to his own personal well-being, that would have done credit to any white patriot in Washington.
We did not buy any wooden images of the Lion, nor any ivory or ebony or marble or chalk or sugar or chocolate ones, or even any photographic slanders of him.
There was something ascetic in her look, which was augmented by the extreme plainness of a straight-skirted, black, stuff dress, a starched linen collar, hair combed away from the temples, and the nun-like ornament of a string of ebony beads and a crucifix.
And as those who came up before her throne greeted her, so she pointed now with the wand of ivory in her right hand, and now with the wand of ebony in her left hand.
The evening was now becoming dark, when a Jewish servant entered the apartment, and placed upon the table two silver lamps, fed with perfumed oil; the richest wines, and the most delicate refreshments, were at the same time displayed by another Israelitish domestic on a small ebony table, inlaid with silver; for, in the interior of their houses, the Jews refused themselves no expensive indulgences.
A coarse blue shirt, with a vulgar red-and-orange neckerchief, also new, completed his dress; and, to shield himself from the rain, he held up a silk umbrella with a silver-mounted ebony handle, which he seemed unlikely to have come by honestly.