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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 periodicals archive ?
For a botanists description of the American ebonies, Donald Culross Peattie writes, "The persimmons, our American representative of the Ebony genus--display alternate, simple, untoothed leaves and unisexual flowers, commonly all of one sex on a single tree, but sometimes the sexes intermix on the same tree." Peattie describes the tree as having a thick, dark brown or gray tinged with red bark which is deeply divided into innumerable square plates.
It has a striped look different from the other ebonies, which are primarily black.
In terms of its workability, ebonies are like other hard, brittle woods.