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You are perhaps acquainted with the ivories which have been recently purchased there?

Generally, however, the African elephants have the largest “ivories.”

The ivories of the Htel Cluny are among its greatest treasures.

Get us the pictures, Philip—the latest cuts—and bring—ay, you may bring the ivories.

He heard the raving chatter of ivories, snapping to rend him.

We then stow the ivories away in our bags, and start for new havoc.

Of course he guessed instantly that the ivories were locked in the safe.

You hike yourself in yere and tickle these ivories a whole lot.

And the Indian couldas Mr. Hicks remarkedtickle the ivories.

Its browns and blues and ivories wrought out an exquisite harmony.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c. (late 12c. as a surname), Anglo-French ivorie, from Old North French ivurie (12c.), from Latin eboreus "of ivory," from ebur (genitive eboris) "ivory," probably via Phoenician from an African source (cf. Egyptian ab "elephant," Coptic ebu "ivory"). Replaced Old English elpendban, literally "elephant bone." Applied in slang to articles made from it, such as dice (1830) and piano keys (1854). As a color, especially in reference to human skin, it is attested from 1580s. Ivories as slang for "teeth" dates from 1782. Related: Ivoried.

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