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ivory

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noun ivo·ry \ˈīv-rē, ˈī-və-rē\

Simple Definition of ivory

  • : a hard white substance that forms the tusks of elephants and other animals

  • : a slightly yellowish white color

  • : a piano key

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ivory

plural ivories

  1. 1 a :  the hard creamy-white modified dentine that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal (as an elephant, walrus, or narwhal) b :  a tusk that yields ivory

  2. 2 :  a variable color averaging a pale yellow

  3. 3 slang :  tooth

  4. 4 :  something (as a piano key) made of ivory or of a similar substance

ivory adjective

Examples of ivory in a sentence

  1. a carved piece of ivory



Origin of ivory

Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-French ivoire, ivurie, from Latin eboreus of ivory, from ebor-, ebur ivory, from Egyptian ˒ʾb, ˒ʾbw elephant, ivory


First Known Use: 13th century


IVORY Defined for Kids

ivory

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noun ivo·ry \ˈī-və-rē, ˈīv-rē\

Definition of ivory for Students

plural ivories

  1. 1 :  a hard creamy-white material that forms the tusks of mammals (as elephants)

  2. 2 :  a creamy white color




Medical Dictionary

ivory

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noun ivo·ry \ˈīv-(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of ivory

plural ivories

  1. :  the hard creamy-white modified dentin that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal and especially the elephant

ivory adjective



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