Examples of ivory in a Sentence
a carved piece of ivory
Recent Examples of ivory from the Web
The appropriate paper shades for a formal invite are ivory, soft cream, and white.
Despite its ivory-tower proponents, the speech-violence theory should be rejected as both ignorant and dangerous.
My Flower Box provided the flowers, which were in the color scheme of blush, peach and ivory.
French Lace is a wonderful floribunda with elegant ivory-white blooms; Tooth Fairy is a sweet single-petal polyantha; and Mme.
And for the big day, Andrews wore an ivory off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera gown, with what looks like a corset-style bodice, to exchange vows.
The First Lady chose a ivory stretch crepe dress with a colorful graphic check designed by Mary Katrantzou, who was born in Athens, Greece, but is currently based in London.
The main level features beautiful jade carvings as well as an ivory Last Supper carved in Italy in the 19th century.
Ivan Hui, a Safeway produce clerk, noticed that the purple kohlrabi sold better than the regular kohlrabi, despite both having the same ivory white flesh on the inside.
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The History of ivory
A hard white substance that is a variety of dentin, ivory makes up the tusks of such animals as elephants, walruses, and preserved mammoths. It is prized for its beauty, durability, and suitability for carving. In ancient times it was treasured as highly as gold and precious stones. Most ivory used commercially once came from Africa, but this trade declined in the 20th century as the populations of African elephants shrank, and increasing worldwide concern about endangered elephant populations led to bans on the export and import of ivory. The once-thriving markets of Europe have shifted to southeast Asia, where skilled artisans, often trading illegally, carve ivory into figurines and other objects.
Origin and Etymology of ivory
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
IVORY Defined for English Language Learners
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: a hard white substance that forms the tusks of elephants and other animals
: a slightly yellowish white color
: a piano key
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