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

[1350–1400; Middle English eban, ebyn ebony < Old French eban, ebaine < Medieval Latin ebanus, for Latin (h)ebenus < Greek ébenos]
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Adj.1.ebon - of a very dark black
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"
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Of the darkest achromatic visual value:
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Bobbing up and down in that sea, Pip's ebon head showed like a head of cloves.
Those were the sort of visitors with whom his ebon Majesty loved to dally until they became pale with fright or furious with anger and impatience; but men like this white captain, who had brought him no presents, who came in overwhelming force and demanded a passage through his country as a matter of right were his special detestation.
Sweat glistened upon their smooth, ebon skins, beneath which rolled rounded muscles, supple in the perfection of nature's uncontaminated health.
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.
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.
The boy shook himself free, and with a shout of greeting ran forward toward the ebon players.
*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.
With a muffled thud it flattened upon the turf near the center of the meadow, and when at last the Englishman could gain the courage to again turn his eyes upon it, he breathed a fervent prayer of thanks, for the shapeless mass that lay upon the blood-stained turf was covered with an ebon hide.
With the quickness of thought his spear arm flew back, and then shot forward with all the force of the sinewy muscles that rolled beneath the shimmering ebon hide.