What is ivory?

  • (noun): A shade of white the color of bleached bones.
    Synonyms: bone, pearl, off-white
    See also — Additional definitions below


Ivory is a term for dentine, which constitutes the bulk of the teeth and tusks of animals, when used as a material for art or manufacturing. It has been important since ancient times for making a range of items, from ivory carvings to false teeth, fans, dominoes, joint tubes, piano keys and billiard balls. Elephant ivory has been the most important source, but ivory from many species including the hippopotamus, walrus, pig, mammoth, sperm whale, and narwhal has been used. The word ultimately derives from the Ancient Egyptian âb, âbu "elephant", through the Latin ebor- or ebur.

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... The Archangel ivory is the largest surviving Byzantine ivory panel, now in the British Museum ...
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... Ancient Egypt imported ivory, gold, incense, hardwood, and ostrich feather ... Nubia exported gold, cotton/cotton cloth, ostrich feathers, leopard skins, ivory, ebony, and iron/iron weapons ... Aksum exported ivory, glass crystal, brass, copper, myrrh, and frinkincense ...
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... The premise of Solid Ivory is similar to The Coo Coo Bird in that Woody winds up losing nearly every confrontation in the short (he does win one near the end) ... The title Solid Ivory is a play on the slang term "solid ivory", coined by Tad Dorgan, which meant someone who was thick-headed, an ignoramus ...

More definitions of "ivory":

  • (noun): A hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses.
    Synonyms: tusk

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    The only refuge left to us was the poet’s ivory tower, which we climbed, ever higher, to isolate ourselves from the mob.
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    And ivory and bright gold,
    polished and lustrous grow faint
    beside that wondrous flesh
    and print of her foot-hold.
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    We have fallen in the dreams the Ever-living
    Breathe on the burnished mirror of the world
    And then smooth out with ivory hands and sigh,
    And find their laughter sweeter to the taste
    For that brief sighing.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)