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[eb-uh n] /ˈɛb ən/
ebony (def 6).
Origin of ebon
1350-1400; Middle English eban, ebyn ebony < Anglo-French eban(ne), Old French eban, ebaine < Medieval Latin ebanus, for Latin (h)ebenus < Greek ébenos, of Semitic orig. Unabridged
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  • His three remaining teeth were ebon from excessive betel-chewing.

    The Argus Pheasant John Charles Beecham
  • The ebon cloud was breaking, but torrents of rain continued to descend.

  • McGuire was still sitting there, a bright blue needle that reflected the distant sun as it moved across the ebon sky.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The black thread crept like an ebon stain into the woof of the carpet.

  • Her oval cheeks grew hollow, her complexion faded to a sickly sallow, her ebon hair whitened, and deep lines came in the wan face.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • An expression of displeasure passed over the ebon countenance.

    The Phantom of the River Edward S. Ellis
  • Dark as it had been without, it was light compared to the ebon blackness within.

  • Be they ebon or blond, Of the gals I am fond; I am dreadfully fond of the gals!

  • There was the tawny, but intelligent Mandingo, and by his side the Jolof of ebon hue.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • She tossed her ebon tresses over her; she fixed her ebon eyes on him.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for ebon


noun, adjective
a poetic word for ebony
Word Origin
C14: from Latin hebenus; see ebony
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Word Origin and History for ebon

"ebony wood, ebony tree," mid-15c.; see ebony. Figurative sense of "dark, black" is from 1590s; in some cases a poetic shortening of ebony.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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