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ebony

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noun eb·o·ny \ ˈe-bə-nē \

Definition of ebony

plural ebonies
1 :a hard heavy blackish wood yielded by various tropical chiefly southeast Asian trees (genus Diospyros of the family Ebenaceae, the ebony family)
2 a :a tree yielding ebony
b :any of several trees yielding wood like ebony

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Origin and Etymology of ebony

probably from Late Latin hebeninus of ebony, from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos ebony, from Egyptian hbnj

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ebony

adjective

Definition of ebony

1 :made of or resembling ebony
2 :black, dark

Examples of ebony in a Sentence

  1. the ebony loudspeakers on their chrome stands look very sleek and modern

Recent Examples of ebony from the Web

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First Known Use of ebony

1597

ebony Synonyms

Synonyms
black, pitch-black, pitch-dark, pitchy, raven, sable
Antonyms
white
Related Words
dark, dusky, inky; blackish, brunet (or brunette)
Near Antonyms
bright, brilliant, light, pale, palish

EBONY Defined for English Language Learners

ebony

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noun

Definition of ebony for English Language Learners

  • : a hard, heavy wood that comes from tropical trees


ebony

adjective

Definition of ebony for English Language Learners

  • : made of or resembling ebony

  • : very dark or black


EBONY Defined for Kids

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ebony

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noun eb·o·ny \ ˈe-bə-nē \

Definition of ebony for Students

plural ebonies
:a hard heavy blackish wood that comes from tropical trees

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ebony

adjective

Definition of ebony for Students

1 :made of or like ebony
  • an ebony table
2 :very dark or black


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