Ivory vs Alabaster - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between ivory and alabaster

is that ivory is (uncountable) the hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals while alabaster is a fine-grained white or lightly-tinted variety of gypsum, used ornamentally.

As adjectives the difference between ivory and alabaster

is that ivory is made of ivory while alabaster is made of alabaster.

ivory

English

(wikipedia ivory)

Noun

  • (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.
  • See also

    * Galalith

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Made of ivory.
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  • Resembling or having the colour of ivory.
  • Derived terms

    * ivory tower * ivory black * Ivory Coast * ivory gull * ivory nut * ivory palm * ivory-billed woodpecker * ivory-nut palm * ivory shell * ivory-white * vegetable ivory

    See also

    * odontolite * scrimshaw * whalebone *

    alabaster

    Alternative forms

    * alabastre (obsolete) * alablaster (obsolete)

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • 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,
    Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster ?
  • * 1867 '', ''Paradiso , Canto XV, lines 22-23] (translated by [[w:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow])
  • Nor was the flame dissevered from its ribbon
  • *:: But like a radiant fillet ran along
  • *:: So that fire seemed it behind alabaster .
  • * 1915 , The New York Times , " Egyptian Antiquities for Metropolitan" (pdf), 15 May
  • 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.
  • (historical) A variety of calcite, translucent and sometimes banded.
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • Made of alabaster
  • The crown is stored in an alabaster box with an onyx handle and a gold lock.
  • Resembling alabaster: white, pale, translucent.
  • An ominous alabaster fog settled in the valley.

    Quotations

    * 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! *