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Definition of Ivory

Ivory

  1. The hard, white, opaque, fine-grained substance constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of dentine, characterized by the minuteness and close arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure. It is used in manufacturing articles of ornament or utility.
  2. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.
  3. Any carving executed in ivory.
  4. Teeth; as, to show one's ivories.

Ivory Quotations

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
Logan Pearsall Smith

America's liberal arts universities have long been safe zones for leftist thinking, protected ivory towers for the pseudo-elite who earn their livings writing papers nobody reads about gender roles in the poetry of Maya Angelou.
Ben Shapiro

I think public intellectuals have a responsibility - to be self-critical on the one hand, to do serious, nuanced work rigorously executed; but to also be able to get off those perches and out of those ivory towers and speak to the real people who make decisions; to speak truth to power and the powerless with lucidity and eloquence.
Michael Eric Dyson

Illegal killings of elephants are being linked to organized crime and the funding of armed militia groups. Many consumers in Asia do not realize that by buying ivory, they are playing a role in the illegal wildlife trade and its serious consequences.
Li Bingbing

I don't want to live in an ivory tower, being the songwriter who just turns inward.
Billie Joe Armstrong
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Ivory Translations

ivory in Afrikaans is ivoor
ivory in Dutch is ivoren, ivoorkleurig
ivory in French is ivoire
ivory in German is Elfenbein
ivory in Italian is avorio
ivory in Norwegian is elfenben
ivory in Portuguese is marfim
ivory in Spanish is marfil
ivory in Swedish is elfenben
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