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A hard ivorylike material obtained from the ivory nut and used in making small objects such as buttons.
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
the hard endosperm of the ivory nut, used to make buttons, ornamentation, etc.
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|Noun||1.||vegetable 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