from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A black pigment prepared from charred ivory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a fine kind of animal charcoal prepared by calcining ivory or bones. When ground it is the chief ingredient of the ink used in copperplate printing.
  • n. See under Black, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fine soft black pigment, prepared from ivory-dust by calcination in closed vessels, in the same way as boneblack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a black pigment made from grinding burnt ivory in oil


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  • Cf. bone char

    September 26, 2009

  • (n): a fine, soft, black pigment made by burning ivory in a closed vessel; also bone black of a fine quality.

    January 11, 2009