ivory nut


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ivory nut

n.
The seed of any of various tropical American palms of the genus Phytelephas, having a hard white endosperm that is the source of vegetable ivory, used for carving and manufacturing buttons. Also called tagua nut.

ivory nut

n
1. (Plants) the seed of the ivory palm, which contains an ivory-like substance used to make buttons, etc
2. (Plants) any similar seed from other palms
Former name (1871–1932): vegetable ivory

i′vory nut`


n.
the seed of a low South American palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa, yielding vegetable ivory.
[1915–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ivory nut - nutlike seed of a South American palmivory nut - nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons
ivory palm, ivory plant, ivory-nut palm, Phytelephas macrocarpa - a stemless palm tree of Brazil and Peru bearing ivory nuts
seed - a small hard fruit
References in classic literature ?
If he listens peaceably to the lecture, I shall fine him only a hundred thousand coconuts, five tons of ivory nut, one hundred fathoms of shell money, and twenty fat pigs.
Bother them,' said she; 'I'm playin' for something bigger than ivory nuts.
We were in the Solomons at the time, picking up a cargo of ivory nuts along the east coast of Guadalcanar.