(uncountable) The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.
A creamy white colour, the colour of ivory.
Something made from or resembling ivory.
(collective singular or in plural) The teeth.
(collective singular or in plural) The keys of a piano.
(slang) A white person.
Made of ivory.
Mr. Pratt's Patients
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Resembling or having the colour of ivory.
* ivory tower
* ivory black
* Ivory Coast
* ivory gull
* ivory nut
* ivory palm
* ivory-billed woodpecker
* ivory-nut palm
* ivory shell
* vegetable ivory
* alabastre (obsolete)
* alablaster (obsolete)
A fine-grained white or lightly-tinted variety of gypsum, used ornamentally.
* c. 1596 , ,
The Merchant of Venice , Act I, Scene I, lines 89-90
- Why should a man, whose blood is warm within,
* 1867 '', ''Paradiso ,
- Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster ?
Canto XV, lines 22-23] (translated by [[w:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow])
*:: But like a radiant fillet ran along
*:: So that fire seemed it behind alabaster .
* 1915 , The New York Times , "
- Nor was the flame dissevered from its ribbon
Egyptian Antiquities for Metropolitan" (pdf), 15 May
(historical) A variety of calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
- One of the striking relics found at the tomb, was a Canopic portrait head of Queen Tii, made entirely of alabaster except the eyes and eyebrows, which were inlaid lapis lazuli and osidian.
Made of alabaster
Resembling alabaster: white, pale, translucent.
- The crown is stored in an alabaster box with an onyx handle and a gold lock.
- An ominous alabaster fog settled in the valley.
* 1594 , William Shakespeare, "
The Rape of Lucrece", lines 418-420
*: With more than admiration he admir’d
*:: Her azure veins, her alabaster skin,
*:: Her coral lips, her snow-white dimpled chin.
* 1611 , King James Version of the Bible, Mark 14:3
*: And being in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
* before 1887 , Emily Dickinson, "
Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers"
*: Safe in their alabaster chambers
*: Untouched by morning, untouched by noon
*: Sleep the meek members of the resurrection,
*: Rafters of satin, and roof of stone.
* 1895 , Katherine Lee Bates, ""
*: Thy alabaster cities gleam
*: Undimmed by human tears!