ebony


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ebony \Eb"on*y\, n.; pl. Ebonies. [F. ['e]b[`e]ne, L. ebenus,
   fr. Gr. ?; prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. hobn[imac]m, pl.
   Cf. Ebon.]
   A hard, heavy, and durable wood, which admits of a fine
   polish or gloss. The usual color is black, but it also occurs
   red or green.
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   Note: The finest black ebony is the heartwood of {Diospyros
         reticulata}, of the Mauritius. Other species of the
         same genus (D. Ebenum, Melanoxylon, etc.), furnish
         the ebony of the East Indies and Ceylon. The West
         Indian green ebony is from a leguminous tree ({Brya
         Ebenus}), and from the Exc[ae]caria glandulosa.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ebony \Eb"on*y\, a.
   Made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black; as, an ebony
   countenance.
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         This ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling.
                                                  --Poe.
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