ebon vs ebony what difference

what is difference between ebon and ebony

English

Alternative forms

  • hebene (obsolete)

Etymology

From Old French eban (modern ébène), from Latin ebenus, from Ancient Greek ἔβενος (ébenos, ebony tree).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛbən/

Noun

ebon (plural ebons)

  1. (now poetic) Ebony; an ebony tree.

Adjective

ebon (comparative more ebon, superlative most ebon)

  1. (poetic) Made of ebony.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.5:
      “A stranger knight,” sayd he, “unknowne by name, / But knowne by fame, and by an Hebene speare […].”
    • 1745, Edward Young, Night-Thoughts, I:
      Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne, / In rayless majesty, now stretches forth / Her leaden sceptre o’er a slumb’ring world.
  2. (poetic) Black in colour.

Anagrams

  • Beno, Boen, Bone, Bône, bone


English

Etymology

From earlier heben, 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 (ébenos), from Egyptian hbnj,

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈɛb.ən.i/

Noun

ebony (usually uncountable, plural ebonies)

  1. (uncountable) A hard, dense, deep black wood from various subtropical and tropical trees, especially of the genus Diospyros.
  2. (countable) A tree that yields such wood.
  3. (countable and uncountable) A deep, dark black colour.
  4. (slang, countable) A black key on a piano or other keyboard instrument.

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Adjective

ebony (comparative more ebony, superlative most ebony)

  1. Made of ebony wood.
  2. A deep, dark black colour.
  3. Dark-skinned; black; especially in reference to African-Americans.
    • 2004, “Alyssa”, Ebony Girls Need Attention (on newsgroup alt.sex.escorts)
      Want to watch my gorgeous ebony friend, Almond Joy, naked and online 24/7? She recently ended a long-term relationship and is now fully enjoying being a 25 year-old single gal in Beverly Hills.

Translations

See also

  • calamander
  • cocuswood
  • tendu
  • Appendix:Colors

Further reading

  • ebony on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • Boney, Boyne, Bynoe, boney

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