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ebonies


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ebony  \Eb"on*y\,  n.;  pl  {Ebonies}.  [F.  ['e]b[`e]ne,  L.  ebenus 
  fr  Gr  ?;  prob.  of  Semitic  origin;  cf  Heb.  hobn[=i]m,  pl 
  Cf  {Ebon}.] 
  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. 
 
  Note:  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  {Exc[ae]caria  glandulosa}. 




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