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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ivory a shade of white the color of bleached bones
    • n ivory a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Harley Proctor got the idea to name the soap "Ivory" while he was listening to a bible reading at a church in 1879
    • Ivory Any carving executed in ivory.
    • Ivory Teeth; as, to show one's ivories .
    • Ivory The hard, white, opaque, fine-grained substance constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of dentine, characterized by the minuteness and close arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure. It is used in manufacturing articles of ornament or utility.
    • Ivory The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: George Washington had teeth made out of hippopotamus ivory
    • n ivory The hard substance, not unlike bone, of which the teeth of most mammals chiefly consist; specifically, a kind of dentine valuable for industrial purposes, as that derived from the tusks of the elephant, hippopotamus, walrus, narwhal, and some other animals. Ivory is simply dentine or tooth-substance of exceptional hardness, toughness, and elasticity, due to the fineness and regularity of the dentinal tubules which radiate from the axial pulpcavity to the periphery of the tooth. The most valuable ivory is that obtained from elephants' tusks, in which the tubules make many strong bends at regular intervals, resulting in a pattern peculiar to the proboscideau mammals. Iu its natural state the ivory of a tusk is coated with cement; and besides the fine angular radiating lines, it shows on cross-section a series of contour-lines concentric with the axis of the tooth, arranged about a central grayish spot which represents the calcified pulp. The appearance of these contour-lines is due to the regular arrangement of minute spaces called interglobular. Ivory in comparison with ordinary dentine is specially rich in organic matter, containing 40 per cent, or more. Tusks of extinct mammoths, furnishing fossil ivory, have been found 12 feet long and of 200 pounds weight. Those of the African elephant, furnishing the best ivory, as well as by far the greater portion of the ivory used in the arts, sometimes reach a length of 9 feet and a weight of 160 pounds. Those of the Indian elephant are never so large as this; aud in either case tusks average much smaller, probably under 50 pounds. Elephants' tusks are incisors, but the large teeth of the hippopotamus and walrus which furnish ivory are canines. A substance which sometimes passes for ivory, but is really bone, is derived from the very hard or petrosal parts of the ear-bones of whales.
    • n ivory An object made of ivory.
    • n ivory plural Teeth.
    • ivory Consisting or made of ivory; resembling ivory in color or texture: as, the gown was made of ivory satin.
    • n ivory A dialectal form of ivy, simulating ivory.
    • n ivory In mathematics, one of two points on each of two confocal ellipsoids, such that, if the two ellipsoids be referred to their principal axes, the coördinates are in the same proportions as each pair to the axes of the two ellipsoids having the same direction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since
    • n Ivory ī′vo-ri the hard, white substance composing the tusks of the elephant and of the sea-horse
    • adj Ivory made of, or resembling, ivory
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  • Gerard De Nerval
    Gerard De Nerval
    “Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.”


Ivory tower - People who live in ivory towers are detached from the world around them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus, made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha, elephant. Cf. Eburnean


In literature:

The eggs of the common Cigale are of a shining ivory white.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
He is then dismissed through the Ivory Gate, and sails on his way to Caieta (1072-1080).
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Besides his wish to see the country, he was looking for walrus-ivory and hides.
"Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D." by C. Raymond Beazley
In a small cupboard with glass in front is a little ivory reliquior, four or five hundred years old.
"Recollections of the late William Beckford of Fonthill, Wilts and Lansdown, Bath" by Henry Venn Lansdown
It was eleven o'clock at the small ivory clock over the mantel, when a scratch was heard at the door.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
And this work of art is in ivory and gold.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
And yet there was nothing novel in the delicate combination of ivory and feathers.
"Lady Larkspur" by Meredith Nicholson
Northward were the ivory tusks of the frozen tundras.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
The teeth are not like badly cut ivory, as in Bantu, but regular and of a mother-of-pearl appearance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
And they beheld the hoary-headed man beside the pillar, in the ivory chair, carving chessmen.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 2 (of 3)"

In poetry:

What didst thou sing of, O thou jubilant soul?
Ever-fresh flowers and never-leafless trees,
Bending great ivory cups to the control
Of the soft swaying, orange scented breeze.
"Lament Of A Mocking-Bird" by Frances Anne Kemble
To scour the creaming crests
As the moon, for its ivory powders, scours the sea.
A third person is watching.
He has nothing to do with the bee-seller or with me.
Now he is gone
"Stings" by Sylvia Plath
And we walked in a magical garden with rivers and bowers,
And my bed was of ivory and gold;
And the Queen breathed soft in my ear a song of enchantment —
And I never grew old....
"Suppose" by Walter de la Mare
Love of its muted music breathes no sigh,
Thought in her ivory tower gropes in her spinning,
Toss on in vain the whispering trees of Eden,
Last of all last words spoken is, Good-bye.
"Good-bye" by Walter de la Mare
The birds beheld her without a fear,
As she walk'd through the dank-moss'd dells;
She breathed on their downy citadels,
And whisper'd the young in their ivory shells:
"Awaken! for I am here."
"The Awaking" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I do not love thee, O my fairest,
For that richest, for that rarest
Silver pillar, which stands under
Thy sound head, that globe of wonder;
Though that neck be whiter far
Than towers of polished ivory are.
"The Compliment" by Thomas Carew

In news:

First he wore an ivory Yigal Azrouël one to the CFDA awards, where he told us he was very into turbans at the moment.
On the bottom, making the corners of a square, lay four pastel-colored florets: yellow, ivory, pink and green.
Didier Drogba was among the scorers as Ivory Coast underlined their status as African Nations Cup favourites by overpowering Austria 3-0 in Wednesday's friendly internationals.
She started out as an ivory-pumping neo-soul prodigy, a female Prince, except without the sex.
Arrest warrant unsealed for Ivory Coast's former first lady.
(File photo) Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, after their arrested on April 11, 2011.
ICC prosecutor says court expects Ivory Coast to surrender Simone Gbagbo.
The Institute for Advanced Study here is the country's most rarefied of ivory towers, counting more than a dozen Nobel laureates among its past and present scholars.
Ivory Tower Unswayed by Crashing Economy.
West Africa n leaders threaten force in Ivory Coast.
Because of a captioning error by our photographic source, our illustration supposedly depicting the ivory- billed woodpecker (Dead or alive.
Ivory 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl.
Chris Ivory, perhaps the biggest malcontent on the New Orleans Saints roster during the first seven games of the season, is a different man now.
Coletta Walker serves her own scones and pastry recipes and dozens of tea varieties at her Ivory Goose Tea Emporium on 158 W Pioneer Avenue.
His mother was likely poached for ivory.

In science:

Ivory-billed woodpecker Describe developments in the rediscovery of the ivory-bil led woodpecker, long thought to be extinct.
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The ivory-billed woodpecker is one of six North American bird species thought to have gone extinct since 1880.
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The ivory-billed woodpecker, once prized for its plumage and sought by American Indians as magical, was thought to be extinct for years.
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Recordings of the ivory-billed woodpecker’s distinctive double-rap sounds have convinced doubting researchers that the large bird once thought extinct is still living in an east Arkansas swamp.
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The recordings seem to indicate that there is more than one ivory-billed woodpecker in the area.
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