vegetable ivory


: the hard white opaque endosperm of the ivory nut that takes a high polish and is used as a substitute for ivory

Examples of vegetable ivory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pieces are not made from any kind of ivory — not elephant ivory, not walrus ivory, not whale ivory, not even vegetable ivory. Tribune News Service, al, 1 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vegetable ivory was in 1842

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“Vegetable ivory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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