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i·vo·ry

 (ī′və-rē, īv′rē)
n. pl. i·vo·ries
1.
a. A hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance composed primarily of dentin that forms the tusks of the elephant.
b. A similar substance forming the tusks or teeth of certain other mammals, such as the walrus.
2. A tusk, especially an elephant's tusk.
3. An article made of ivory.
4. A substance resembling ivory.
5. A pale or grayish yellow to yellowish white.
6. ivories
a. Music Piano keys.
b. Games Dice.
c. Slang The teeth.
adj.
1. Composed or constructed of ivory.
2. Of a pale or grayish yellow to yellowish white.

[Middle English ivorie, from Old French ivoire, ivurie, from Latin eboreus, of ivory, from ebur, ebor-, ivory, from Coptic ebou, elephant, from Egyptian 'bw.]

Ivory

(ˈaɪvərɪ)
n
(Biography) James. born 1928, US film director. With the producer Ismael Merchant, his films include Shakespeare Wallah (1964), Heat and Dust (1983), A Room With a View (1986), and The Golden Bowl (2000)

Ivory

(ˈaɪvərɪ)
n
(Biography) James. born 1928, US film director. With the producer Ismael Merchant, his films include Shakespeare Wallah (1964), Heat and Dust (1983), A Room With a View (1986), and The Golden Bowl (2000)

i•vo•ry

(ˈaɪ və ri, ˈaɪ vri)

n., pl. -ries,
adj. n.
1. the hard white substance, a variety of dentine, composing the main part of the tusks of the elephant, walrus, etc.
2. this substance when taken from a dead animal and used to make articles and objects.
3. an article made of this substance, as a carving or a billiard ball.
4. matter or a material resembling or imitating this substance, esp. vegetable ivory.
5. the tusk of an elephant, walrus, or other animal.
6. Slang. a tooth.
7. ivories, Slang.
a. the keys of a piano or similar instrument.
b. dice.
8. a creamy or yellowish white.
adj.
9. consisting or made of ivory.
10. of the color ivory.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French ivurie < Latin eboreus (adj.), derivative of ebor-, s. of ebur ivory]
i′vo•ry•like`, adj.

i·vo·ry

(ī′və-rē)
The hard, smooth, yellowish-white substance forming the teeth and tusks of certain animals, such as the tusks of elephants and walruses and the teeth of certain whales.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ivory - a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walrusesivory - a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
tusk - a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog
dentin, dentine - a calcareous material harder and denser than bone that comprises the bulk of a tooth
2.ivory - a shade of white the color of bleached bonesivory - a shade of white the color of bleached bones
whiteness, white - the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)

ivory

adjective
Of a light color or complexion:
Translations
slonovinaslonovinový
elfenbenelfenbens-
norsunluunorsunluinen
slonovačabjelokost
elefántcsont
fílabein
象牙
상아
ebur
dramblio kaulas
ziloņkauls
ivoorivoorkleurivoren
slonovinaslonovinový
slonova kostslonovina
slonovača
elfenben
งาช้าง
fildişifildişinden yapılmış
ngà

ivory

[ˈaɪvərɪ]
A. Nmarfil m ivories (= teeth) → dientes mpl (Mus) → teclas fpl (Billiards) → bolas fpl
to tickle the ivoriestocar el piano
B. ADJ [cane, box] → de marfil; [skin] → de color marfil
C. CPD Ivory Coast NCosta f de Marfil
ivory hunter Ncazador (a) m/f de marfil
ivory tower N (fig) → torre f de marfil

ivory

[ˈaɪvəri]
n
(= tusk) → ivoire m
(= colour) → ivoire m
adj (= colour) → ivoire inv
an ivory silk wedding dress → une robe de mariage ivoire, en soie
modif [handle, key] → en ivoire; [carving] → sur ivoire

ivory

n
(also colour) → Elfenbein nt; the ivory tradeder Elfenbeinhandel
(inf) ivories (= piano keys)Tasten pl; (= billiard balls)Billardkugeln pl; (= dice)Würfel pl; (dated: = teeth) → Beißer pl (inf)
adj
(colour) → elfenbeinfarben

ivory

[ˈaɪvrɪ]
1. navorio
2. adj (colour) → avorio inv; (object) → d'avorio

ivory

(ˈaivəri) noun, adjective
(of) the hard white substance forming the tusks of an elephant, walrus etc. Ivory was formerly used to make piano keys; ivory chessmen.

ivory

عَاجٌ slonovina elfenben Elfenbein ελεφαντόδοντο marfil norsunluu ivoire slonovača avorio 象牙 상아 ivoor elfenben kość słoniowa marfim слоновая кость elfenben งาช้าง fildişi ngà 象牙
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He was the admiration of all the negroes; who, having gathered, of all ages and sizes, from the farm and the neighborhood, stood forming a pyramid of shining black faces at every door and window; gazing with delight at the scene; rolling their white eye-balls, and showing grinning rows of ivory from ear to ear.
Some were thickly set with glittering teeth resembling ivory saws; others were tufted with knots of human hair; and one was sickle-shaped, with a vast handle sweeping round like the segment made in the new-mown grass by a long-armed mower.
In most cases this lower jaw --being easily unhinged by a practised artist --is disengaged and hoisted on deck for the purpose of extracting the ivory teeth, and furnishing a supply of that hard white whalebone with which the fishermen fashion all sorts of curious articles, including canes, umbrella-stocks, and handles to riding-whips.
The commerce of Lucerne consists mainly in gimcrackery of the souvenir sort; the shops are packed with Alpine crystals, photographs of scenery, and wooden and ivory carvings.
It is solid ivory, polished like a mirror, and is four or five inches long--round, and as thick as a large man's wrist, with the end squared off flat, for your thumb to rest on; for you grasp it, with your thumb resting on the blunt end-- so--and lift it along and strike downward.
The ivory, the gold, and the pearls, all received their appointment, and the gentleman having named the last day on which his existence could be continued without the possession of the toothpick-case, drew on his gloves with leisurely care, and bestowing another glance on the Miss Dashwoods, but such a one as seemed rather to demand than express admiration, walked off with a happy air of real conceit and affected indifference.
Fairfax, than she summoned her to her sofa, and there quickly filled her lap with the porcelain, the ivory, the waxen contents of her "boite;" pouring out, meantime, explanations and raptures in such broken English as she was mistress of.
Mary had seen carved ivory in India and she knew all about elephants.
Then I saw that behind the bank was a cliff, mighty and black, and in the cliff were doors of ivory, and through them came light and the sound of laughter; there were other doors also, black as though fashioned of coal, and through them came darkness and the sounds of groans.
Whereupon I turned and made for the city as fast as I could go, not seeing a single elephant by the way, which convinced me that they had retired deeper into the forest to leave the way open to the Ivory Hill, and I did not know how sufficiently to admire their sagacity.
Through all these fatigues we at length came to Jubo, a kingdom of considerable extent, situated almost under the line, and tributary to the Portuguese, who carry on a trade here for ivory and other commodities.
Two Swedes, Carl Jenssen and Sven Malbihn, after three years of following false leads at last gave up the search far to the south of the Sahara to turn their attention to the more profitable business of ivory poaching.