from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical Asian or African trees of the genus Diospyros.
- n. The wood of such a tree, especially the hard black heartwood of D. ebenum or certain other species, used in cabinetwork and inlaying and for piano keys.
- n. The hard dark wood of various other trees.
- n. The color black; ebon.
- adj. Made of or suggesting ebony.
- adj. Black in color.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hard, heavy, deep black wood from various subtropical and tropical trees, especially of the genus Diospyros.
- n. A tree that yields such wood.
- n. A deep, dark black colour.
- n. A black key on a piano or other keyboard instrument
- adj. Made of ebony wood.
- adj. A deep, dark black colour.
- adj. Dark-skinned; black; especially in reference to African-Americans
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- adj. Made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to various woods distinguished in general by their dark color and hardness, and extensively used for carving, ornamental cabinet-work, instruments, canes, etc.
- Of ebony; made of ebony, or like ebony: as, an ebony cane; an ebony finish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a very dark black
- n. tropical tree of southern Asia having hard dark-colored heartwood used in cabinetwork
- n. a very dark black
- n. hard dark-colored heartwood of the ebony tree; used in cabinetwork and for piano keys
Probably from Middle English hebenyf, ebony wood, from alteration of Late Latin hebeninus, of ebony, from Greek ebeninos, from ebenos, ebony tree, from Egyptian hbny.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Earlier hebeny, from Middle English ebenif, hebenyf (influenced by Late Latin hebeninus), from Ecclesiastical Latin ebenius ("of ebony"), from Latin hebenus ("ebon tree"), from Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ebenos), from Egyptian 𓍁𓈖𓏭𓆱 (hbny). (Wiktionary)