Definition: Meaning of, ivory in English to English dictionary.

Pronunciation: / ˈʌɪv(ə)ri /

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ivory ivories
  1. [uncountable] the hard smooth yellowish-white substance from the TUSK s (= long teeth) of an ELEPHANT
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  2. [uncountable] a yellowish white colour
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  3. [countable often plural] something made of ivory, especially a small figure of a person or animal
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ivory used in phrases

  • Ivory Coast
    1. the English name for CôTE D'IVOIRE, a country in West Africa
  • Ivory Coast franc (noun)
    1. the basic unit of money in the Ivory Coast
  • Merchant-Ivory
    1. a respected British film company started by the PRODUCER Ismail Merchant (1936- ) and the DIRECTOR James Ivory (1928- ). Many of their films, such as A Room with a View (1983), Howards End (1991), and The Remains of the Day (1992), are based on well-known works of English literature, and they are often about the lives of UPPER CLASS English people in the early 20th century, and about the English class system and its effects on people's behaviour.
  • ivory black (noun)
    1. a black pigment made from grinding burnt ivory in oil
  • ivory gull (noun)
    1. white Arctic gull; migrates as far south as England and New Brunswick
  • ivory nut (noun)
    1. nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons
  • ivory palm (noun)
    1. a stemless palm tree of Brazil and Peru bearing ivory nuts
  • ivory plant (noun)
    1. a stemless palm tree of Brazil and Peru bearing ivory nuts
  • ivory tower (noun)
    1. a place or situation where you are separated from the difficulties of ordinary life and so are unable to understand them, used especially to describe a college or university
  • ivory tree (noun)
    1. tropical Asian tree with hard white wood and bark formerly used as a remedy for dysentery and diarrhoea
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