vegetable ivory

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vegetable ivory

n.
A hard ivorylike material obtained from the ivory nut and used in making small objects such as buttons.

vegetable ivory

n
1. (Elements & Compounds) the hard whitish material obtained from the endosperm of the ivory nut: used to make buttons, ornaments, etc
2. (Plants) another name for the ivory nut

veg′etable i′vory


n.
the hard endosperm of the ivory nut, used to make buttons, ornamentation, etc.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vegetable ivory - nutlike seed of a South American palmvegetable ivory - 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
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The jewellery sold on-line by Incantation is the first of its type in the country and is made from an organic nut called Tagua, which grows only in a few tropical regions of South America.
Find Japanese textile brushes (left; $52), buttons made of tagua nut ("vegetable ivory"; $2-$4), and Nepali needle cases ($10-$20) hand-carved to resemble fish.
You can support local economies and help save the Amazon's canopy and the Earth's "lungs" by purchasing products made with natural rubber, Brazil or tagua nuts, or indigenous herbs and plants, all harvested without logging trees.
Such as a full market value "rent" for the Amazon and other rainforests that would transfer real wealth to impoverished nations to be spent on education, public health, equitable economic development and local environmental management, rather than more boutique programs to harvest tropical fruits one by one, or fabricate buttons from tagua wood for catalogue clothing, or bring more tourists to treetop lodges to be awed by macaws and monkeys--useful and promising though these endeavors may be.
FREED jailbird Eduardo Tagua, 62, has appealed to prison bosses to put him back behind bars after finding life on the outside too stressful.
One World Projects packed its booth with handmade products created from natural resources such as oval placemats made from Fique and napkin rings made from Tagua nuts.
A good example is the Tagua Initiative launched by Conservation International.
The Biedermeier-influenced pieces also are available in lacewood with wenge details and tagua nut inlays.
Nicknamed "vegetable ivory," the tagua seed from South America can be easily carved and created into jewelry, just like ivory.