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ebony


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ebony  \Eb"on*y\,  a. 
  Made  of  ebony,  or  resembling  ebony;  black;  as  an  ebony 
  countenance. 
 
  This  ebony  bird  beguiling  my  sad  fancy  into  smiling. 
  --Poe. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ebony 
  adj  :  very  dark  black  [syn:  {ebon}] 
  n  1:  a  very  dark  black  [syn:  {coal  black},  {jet  black},  {pitch 
  black},  {sable},  {soot  black}] 
  2:  hard  dark-colored  heartwood  of  the  ebony  tree;  used  in 
  cabinetwork  and  for  piano  keys 
  3:  tropical  tree  of  southern  Asia  having  hard  dark-colored 
  heartwood  used  in  cabinetwork  [syn:  {Diospyros  ebenum}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Ebony,  VA 
  Zip  code(s):  23845 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ebony 
  a  black,  hard  wood,  brought  by  the  merchants  from  India  to  Tyre 
  (Ezek.  27:15).  It  is  the  heart-wood,  brought  by  Diospyros 
  ebenus  which  grows  in  Ceylon  and  Southern  India. 
 




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