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(ī′və-rē, īv′rē)
n. pl. i·vo·ries
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.
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 Egyptian 3bw, elephant, ivory; see elephant.]
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(ˈaɪvərɪz; -vrɪz)
pl n
1. (Instruments) the keys of a piano
2. another word for teeth
3. another word for dice
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Its current exhibition places pieces from the Dresden holdings alongside loans from French and German museums of important ivories by baroque sculptors such as Georg Petel and Johann Georg Kern ('An-Sichten: Baroque ivories in a dialogue of the arts'; until 21 January 2018).
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