ebony

[eb-uh-nee]
noun, plural ebonies.
1.
a hard, heavy, durable wood, most highly prized when black, from various tropical trees of the genus Diospyros, as D. ebenum of southern India and Sri Lanka, used for cabinetwork, ornamental objects, etc.
2.
any tree yielding such wood.
3.
any of various similar woods or trees.
4.
a deep, lustrous black.
adjective
5.
Also, ebon. made of ebony.
6.
of a deep, lustrous black.

Origin:
1590–1600; earlier hebeny; see ebon; -y perhaps after ivory

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ebony (ˈɛbənɪ)
 
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]

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ebony
1590s, from hebenyf (late 14c.), M.E. misreading L. hebenius "of ebony," from Gk. ebenios, from ebenos "ebony," probably from Egyptian hbnj or another Sem. source. Figurative use to suggest intense blackness is from 1620s.
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Ebony definition


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.

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The neck was made of western maple with an ebony fingerboard.
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