|—n , pl -onies|
|1.||See also persimmon any of various tropical and subtropical trees of the genus Diospyros, esp D. ebenum of S India, that have hard dark wood: family Ebenaceae|
|2.||the wood of such a tree, much used for cabinetwork|
|3.||a. a black colour, sometimes with a dark olive tinge|
|b. (as adjective): an ebony skin|
|[C16 hebeny, from Late Latin ebeninus from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos ebony, of Egyptian origin]|
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.