ivory

Ivory is a hard, white substance found in the tusks of animals such as elephants. Ivory also refers to a white-ish color, like the ivory keys on a piano.

One of the most prized animal products is ivory, which comes from the tusks of elephants and walruses. Ivory — which is extremely hard dentine — is used in many objects, especially expensive, decorative ones such as statues. Unfortunately, the elephant population is endangered due to hunting elephants for their ivory, so this pretty substance comes at a high price. Ivory is also the name of a color that is close to the shade of bleached bones or pearl.

Definitions of ivory
  1. noun
    a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
    synonyms: tusk
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    type of:
    dentin, dentine
    a calcareous material harder and denser than bone that comprises the bulk of a tooth
  2. noun
    a shade of white the color of bleached bones
    synonyms: bone, off-white, pearl
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    type of:
    white, whiteness
    the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
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