On 2008 10 14 I accessed GoogleTM search engine and typed the
search term "ivory" resulting in more than 73 million hits. Most have noting to do with the
ivory material of interest to us.
There is among them: Ivory brand soap, persons named Ivory, music and books containing the word ivory, and so forth. GoogleTM offered these specific search categories: ivory for sale | ivory gifts | ivory jewelry | ivory lyrics | ivory prices } ivory identification | ivory trade.
This page is devoted to the subject of ivory as a material.
Main Entry: ivo·ry
Pronunciation: \iv-re, i-v?-re\
Etymology: Middle English ivorie, from Anglo-French ivoire, ivurie, from Latin eboreus of ivory, from ebor-, ebur ivory, from Egyptian ??b, ??bw elephant, ivory Date: 13th century
1 a: the hard creamy-white modified dentine that composes the tusks of a tusked mammal (as an elephant, walrus, or narwhal)
b: a tusk that yields ivory
2: a variable color averaging a pale yellow
3slang : tooth
4: something (as a piano key) made of ivory or of a similar substance
source = http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ivory
An ivory decoration
Etymology - From Old French yvoire (modern ivoire), from Latin ebur (“‘ivory’”), related to Egyptian Abw, Coptic ebou ‘elephant’.
PronunciationIPA: /'a?v?ri/, SAMPA: /"aIv(@)ri/
The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals. (color) A creamy white colour, the colour of ivory.
Elephant Tusk Ivory:
Here are two views of a smallish elephant tusk. It measures 29 inches along the curve, 2 5/8 diameter, and weighs 5 1/2 lbs. It, along with other ivory items shown on this page, is in my personal collection. I purchased it from Boone Trading Co. in 1990 at a cost of $540. It was U.S. legal having been in the country prior to CITES restrictions. However, I will not purchase any additional elephant ivory form any source in the future.
The tusk was sold for use by a carver. I bought it simply to have it. At right you can see the hollow end of the tooth which was filled with pulp when it was growing in a live animal.
Synthetic & Ivory Substitutes:
The following are outstanding sources of ivory and related materials for art carving.
The web urls were valid in October 2008.
If you try to use the link and receive a page not found error, try a search engine on the company name.
Boone Trading Co, Brinnon WA
Kowak Ivory [fossil]
Canadian Ivory Inc
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