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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ivory tower
▪ an academic in an ivory tower
▪ It is the stuff of ivory towers and only clever boys and girls are expected to reflect upon its themes.
▪ For real life, visit Moila, the island of the ivory tower.
▪ I argued in Chapter 5 that the image of the ivory tower in no way describes the contemporary position of higher education.
▪ Now to return to my dusty library at the top of the ivory tower.
▪ Departmental barriers and ivory tower attitudes are detrimental to good results.
▪ Fog had slipped through a crack into the ivory tower.
▪ For heaven's sake, you've been breathing the rarefied air of the ivory tower for as long as I can remember.
▪ Both countries are being bled dry by the poachers who supply the ivory trade.
▪ They have suffered wholesale slaughter for the sake of the ivory trade.
▪ There has been widespread corruption in the ivory trade.
▪ Most of the seals were nevertheless made of bone, ivory, steatite, banded agate, or orange carnelian.
▪ The looking-glass and candlesticks are made of ivory.
▪ The dressing table set is made of ivory and there are bottles of hair wash and rose water.
▪ Bone decor was used instead of ivory.
▪ Another example of an imported good with a widespread distribution is ivory, which normally occurs as rings.
▪ Departmental barriers and ivory tower attitudes are detrimental to good results.
▪ I argued in Chapter 5 that the image of the ivory tower in no way describes the contemporary position of higher education.
▪ It is the stuff of ivory towers and only clever boys and girls are expected to reflect upon its themes.
▪ She tucked her ivory satin shirt tighter into the waistband of her fawn moleskin trousers.
▪ The ivory toothbrush is 3/4 of an inch long.
▪ The city suits and ivory silk dinner jackets she gave to Franky.
▪ Walrus tusks were essentially substitutes for ivory in territories remote from supplies of elephant tusks.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ivory \I"vo*ry\ ([imac]"v[-o]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Ivories. [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean.]

  1. 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.

    Note: Ivory is the name commercially given not only to the substance constituting the tusks of the elephant, but also to that of the tusks of the hippopotamus and walrus, the hornlike tusk of the narwhal, etc.

  2. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.

  3. Any carving executed in ivory.

  4. pl. Teeth; as, to show one's ivories. [Slang]

    Ivory black. See under Black, n.

    Ivory gull (Zo["o]l.), a white Arctic gull ( Larus eburneus).

    Ivory nut (Bot.), the nut of a species of palm, the Phytephas macroarpa, often as large as a hen's egg. When young the seed contains a fluid, which gradually hardness into a whitish, close-grained, albuminous substance, resembling the finest ivory in texture and color, whence it is called vegetable ivory. It is wrought into various articles, as buttons, chessmen, etc. The palm is found in New Grenada. A smaller kind is the fruit of the Phytephas microarpa. The nuts are known in commerce as Corosso nuts.

    Ivory palm (Bot.), the palm tree which produces ivory nuts.

    Ivory shell (Zo["o]l.), any species of Eburna, a genus of marine gastropod shells, having a smooth surface, usually white with red or brown spots.

    Vegetable ivory, the meat of the ivory nut. See Ivory nut (above).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), Anglo-French ivorie, from Old North French ivurie (12c.), from Latin eboreus "of ivory," from ebur (genitive eboris) "ivory," probably via Phoenician from an African source (compare Egyptian ab "elephant," Coptic ebu "ivory"). Replaced Old English elpendban, literally "elephant bone." Applied in slang to articles made from it, such as dice (1830) and piano keys (1854). As a color, especially in reference to human skin, it is attested from 1580s. Ivories as slang for "teeth" dates from 1782. Related: Ivoried.


a. Made of ivory. n. 1 (context uncountable English) The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals. 2 A creamy white color, the colour of ivory. 3 Something made from or resembling ivory. 4 (context collective singular or in plural English) The teeth. 5 (context collective singular or in plural English) The keys of a piano. 6 (context slang English) A white person.

  1. n. a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses [syn: tusk]

  2. a shade of white the color of bleached bones [syn: bone, pearl, off-white]

Ivory (soap)

"Ivory" is a personal care brand created by the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), including varieties of a white and mildly scented bar soap, that became famous for its claim of purity and for floating in water. Over the years, the brand has been extended to other varieties and products.

Ivory (disambiguation)

Ivory is a substance found in the teeth and tusks of animals such as elephants.

Ivory may also refer to:


Ivory is a hard, white material from the tusks (traditionally elephant's) and teeth of animals, that can be used in art or manufacturing. It consists mainly of dentine (inorganic formula Ca(PO)(CO)·HO)), one of the physical structures of teeth and tusks. The chemical structure of the teeth and tusks of mammals is the same, regardless of the species of origin. The trade in certain teeth and tusks other than elephant is well established and widespread; therefore, "ivory" can correctly be used to describe any mammalian teeth or tusks of commercial interest which are large enough to be carved or scrimshawed. It has been valued since ancient times for making a range of items, from ivory carvings to false teeth, fans, and dominoes. Elephant ivory is the most important source, but ivory from mammoth, walrus, hippopotamus, sperm whale, killer whale, narwhal and wart hog are used as well. Elk also have two ivory teeth, which are believed to be the remnants of tusks from their ancestors.

The national and international trade in ivory of threatened species such as African and Asian elephants is illegal. The word ivory ultimately derives from the ancient Egyptian âb, âbu ("elephant"), through the Latin ebor- or ebur.

Ivory (wrestler)

Lisa Mary Moretti (born November 26, 1961) is an American retired professional wrestler. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE, previously the World Wrestling Federation) between 1999 and 2005 under the ring name Ivory. Moretti began her career and first found national exposure in the independent promotion Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), where she performed as Tina Ferrari from the mid-to-late-1980s. Moretti debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in 1999 as the manager for the tag team of Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown. She won the WWE Women's Championship twice, before becoming a part of the villainous Right to Censor, a storyline stable of characters with harshly conservative sociopolitical views.

In her later years with WWE, she wrestled only sporadically. Moretti did, however, co-host The WWE Experience, and served as one of the trainers on WWE Tough Enough. After Moretti left WWE in 2005, she wrestled for Women Superstars Uncensored, winning two other titles, and was also inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame. Moretti also began working in the landscaping industry, and volunteered at her local animal shelter. In addition, Moretti opened an animal care and grooming facility named Downtown Dog, in her hometown in 2007.

Ivory (color)

Ivory is an off- white color that resembles ivory, the material from which the teeth and tusks of animals (such as, notably, the elephant and the walrus) is made. It has a very slight tint of yellow.

The first recorded use of ivory as a color name in English was in 1385.

The color "ivory" was included as one of the X11 colors when they were formulated in 1987.

Ivory (album)

Ivory is the ninth album by Teena Marie, released in 1990. It was her last album for Epic Records and was a commercial failure, only reaching #27 on the US Black Albums chart and #132 on the Billboard Albums chart (her lowest-placing album on both charts up to that date). Marie's use of hip hop elements on some tracks was considered jarring by many fans and critics.

Two singles from the album, "If I Were a Bell" and "Here's Looking at You", performed respectably on the Black Singles chart, peaking at #8 and #11 respectively. The track "Since Day One" was produced and co-written by Jazzie B of British group Soul II Soul and reached #69 in the UK, Marie's highest charting single in that country since "I Need Your Lovin'" ten years previously.

Ivory (mango)

The Ivory, also called the jingu ivory, is a mango cultivar from China. It is named for its resemblance to a young elephant's tusk due to its long, thin shape. It has thin skin, smooth skin. The flesh contains very few fibres, and constitutes approximately 82 percent of the fruit. It was first introduced into Yunnan, China from Thailand in 1914. The actual tree that was the first to be imported still grows, and during one year produced almost 500 kg of fruit.

Usage examples of "ivory".

Long he abode in that chamber looking at the arras, and wondering whether the sitter in the ivory throne would be any other than the thrall in the greenwood cot.

I patted the pocket where my tiny set of gold acupuncture needles rested in their ivory case.

Looking at it rising across the valley, the straight high walls and towers adazzle in the blinding light, it seemed less a city than an enormous jewel: a monstrous ornament carved of whitest ivory and nestled against the black surrounding mountains, or a colossal milk-coloured moonstone set upon the dusty green of the valley to shimmer gently in the heat haze of a blistering summer day.

Seregil gave him a wink as Nysander took out his small ivory dagger and waved Alec to a chair.

Reaching over these tokens, Alec found a velvet pouch containing a thick golden ring and a small ivory carving of a nude man.

African carving, a battered toy locomotive, a banderilla, an alpenstock carved with the names of formidable climbs, a tiny ivory Buddha and a broken crucifix.

From other ships he looted cargoes of lapis, pearls, amber, diamonds, rubies, carnelian, ambergris, jade, ivory, and lignum vitae.

The second khalifa offered him a royal angareb bed, whose frame was cunningly carved of ivory and inlaid with gold.

She thought about it a great deal at night before she slept, and if Amber had not been lying beside her on the same angareb she might have indulged in some preliminary experimentation with the ivory toy.

From its chains dangled various chatelettes made from rustproof materials: brass scissors, a golden etui with a manicure set inside, a bodkin, a spoon, a vinaigrette, a needle-case, a small looking-glass, a cup-sized strainer for spike-leaves, a timepiece that had stopped, and whose case was inlaid with ivory and bronze, a workbox containing small reels of thread, an enameled porcelain thimble and a silver one, silver-handled buttonhooks and a few spare buttonsglass-topped, enclosing tiny picturesa miniature portrait of her mother worked in enamels, several rowan-wood tilhals, a highly ornamented anlace, a penknife, an empty silver-gilt snuff-box, and a pencil.

Wolf looked up from where he carved a segment of mammoth ivory, shaping it carefully into an atlatl hook.

The skeleton was perhaps the least ludicrous of the party, for it was clean of grave-dust, and no atrophied muscles clung to its ivory smoothness.

The ivory was stained and scaling, its edges jagged with the stumps of baleen combs.

On the dais was a throne of carven ivory, and above it a canopy of baudekin of the goodliest fashion, and there was a foot-carpet before it, wrought with beasts and the hunting of the deer.

Gabrielle paused in the opening, her golden hair curled beneath a bongrace, the stiff, heart-shaped bonnet framing the ivory perfection of her face.