ebony

Definitions

  • EBONY CABINET
    EBONY CABINET
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ebony of a very dark black
    • n ebony a very dark black
    • n ebony tropical tree of southern Asia having hard dark-colored heartwood used in cabinetwork
    • n ebony hard dark-colored heartwood of the ebony tree; used in cabinetwork and for piano keys
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ebony A hard, heavy, and durable wood, which admits of a fine polish or gloss. The usual color is black, but it also occurs red or green.☞ The finest black ebony is the heartwood of Diospyros reticulata, of the Mauritius. Other species of the same genus (D. Ebenum Melanoxylon, etc.), furnish the ebony of the East Indies and Ceylon. The West Indian green ebony is from a leguminous tree (Brya Ebenus), and from the Excæcaria glandulosa.
    • a Ebony Made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black; as, an ebony countenance. "This ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ebony A name given to various woods distinguished in general by their dark color and hardness, and extensively used for carving, ornamental cabinet-work, instruments, canes, etc. The most valuable is the heart-wood of Diospyros Ebenum, which grows in great abundance in the flat parts of Ceylon, and is of such size that logs of its heart-wood 2 feet in diameter and from 10 to 15 feet long are easily procured. Other varieties of valuable ebony are obtained from D. Ebenaster of the East Indies and D. melanoxylon of the Coromandel coast in Hindustan. The most usual color is black, but the ebonies from tropical America vary much in this respect. The green ebony of Jamaica, known also as American or West Indian ebony, the wood of a leguminous tree, Brya Ebenus, takes a beautiful polish, and is used for inlaying, making flutes, etc. The brown ebony of British Guiana, the source of which is uncertain, is dark-brown often with lighter streaks, very hard, and one of the handsomest woods of that country. The green or yellow ebony of French Guiana, the wood of Bignonia Leucoxylon, and the red ebony from the same region, are also very hard and heavy. Mountain ebony, of the East Indies, is the wood of Bauhinia variegata.
    • ebony Of ebony; made of ebony, or like ebony: as, an ebony cane; an ebony finish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ebony a kind of wood almost as heavy and hard as stone, usually black, admitting of a fine polish
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. ébène, L. ebenus, fr. Gr. ; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. hobnīm, pl. Cf. Ebon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. ebenos; cf. Heb. hodnīm, pl. of hobni, obnieben, a stone.

Usage

In literature:

She placed the ebony handle in the marshal's hand, who weighed it lovingly in his grasp.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
And the sewing-table, ebony inlaid with mother-of-pearl, that stood always by the south window?
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
And yonder, a dull gleam as of ebony, a grand piano.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
In these degrees they have shown you an ebony box, a key suspended, a balance, and an inflamed urn.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
Ivory and sandal-wood or ebony, too, have been sometimes thus combined.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
In twenty-four hours he assumes a splendid ebony black which rivals that of the adult insect.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
It and her ebony chairs, her claw-footed tables, her harp and dower chest, had come with her from France.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The floor was uncarpeted, and shone like ebony.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
God's images in ebony.
"The Olden Time Series, Vol. 6: Literary Curiosities" by Henry M. Brooks
The French sofa, the ebony stand, the clavier, looked familiar.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
The princely bed, with its monumental head and foot of carved ebony and brilliant mosaic, looked vulgar with the mattresses piled in a heap.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
In the middle of the room was a small square ebony stand; upon it, glowing like red fire upon its frail crystal stem, the familiar stone.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Upon a storm filled night, as black as ebony, Brisbane met Wayne Shandon in White Rock.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
The jewels in the bright lamp-light seemed to blaze and burn into the ebony of the table.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
And the throne is richly adorned with gold and precious stones, and with ebony and ivory.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
I suddenly realized that although my body was lashed to the ebony chair, my hands and arms were free.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
The Queen, a very beautiful young woman, wearing a wonderful lantern crown, sat on an ebony throne.
"The Firelight Fairy Book" by Henry Beston
The Negroes are very ebony, and are employed as stevedores.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Jordan was ugly in this fashion, and he who glanced casually upon his ebony countenance rarely failed to look again.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
Contained in ebony case, 13" x 7", lined with purple velvet.
"A Catalogue of Early Pennsylvania and Other Firearms and Edged Weapons at "Restless Oaks"" by Henry W. Shoemaker
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In poetry:

Thus in thy ebony box
Thou dost inclose us, till the day
Put our amendment in our way,
And give new wheels to our disorder'd clocks.
"Even-Song" by George Herbert
With eyes fulfilled of noon, haply thou shalt not see
How, in a land illumed by suns of ebony,
Beneath thy breath the fiery shadows flame and fade.
"Dominion" by Clark Ashton Smith
Our hair combed back is carved in wood,
the moon walks over our ebony shoulders.
A distant cockcrow, the night goes by, silent.
Rich is the rime of love, withered the dowry.
"Statue of a Couple" by Czeslaw Milosz
Frost upon small rain—the ebony-lacquered avenue
Reflecting lamps as a pool shows goldfish.
The sight suddenly emptied out of the young man's eyes
Entering upon it sideways.
"Arterial" by Rudyard Kipling
My sweetheart's dainty lips are red,
With ruby's crimson overspread;
Her teeth are like a string of pearls;
Down her neck her clustering curls
In ebony hue vie with the night,
And over her features dances light.
"My sweetheart's dainty lips" by Yehudah ha-Levi
The ebony House of Mammon goes up against the sky;
The north wind and the south wind before its portals die.
Its towers go near to Heaven; its vaults go nearer Hell,
And all are fat with favor to some who serve them well.
"The Common Cult" by George Sterling

In news:

Ebony Repertory Theatre aims to set 'a high bar'.
Hub student named one of top US teens by Ebony .
Vivian Mbawuike, a 17-year-old senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy, was recently named one of the top 10 high school seniors in the United States by Ebony magazine.
I saw ebony on petfinder.com and fell in love.
Wal-Mart Stores are selling the first series of Ebony Inspirations greetings cards in celebration of Black History Month.
Ebony Breeze Towers Over Endine Hopefuls.
(from Delaware Park report) Kinsman Stable's Ebony Breeze heads a field of nine in the $200,000 Endine Handicap (gr III) at Delaware Park Saturday, a six-furlong affair for fillies and mares.
Founder of Ebony , Jet magazines dies.
Publisher John H Johnson, who founded Ebony and Jet magazines, died Monday at age 87, his company said.
Residents at Ebony Gardens say they could be in for a hot, unbearable summer if something isn't done.
Ebony Fashion Fair this Saturday.
The piano-playing team of great grandmothers, Ebony and Ivory, is going on the road again.
Tonight's Supreme Cutie of the Night is one of my Facebook friends, Ebony Jenkins.
Owner and creative director Ebony Snow Chafey cofounded the Chicago-based design and stationery firm Snow & Graham in the spring of 1998.
Face of Fox Finalist Jose Maestas II joins Nikki, Kristen and Photojournalist Kenny Hatchitt with this week's Pet of the Week: " Ebony .".
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