Word of the day #35: ivory

Word of the Day is designed to help children learn how to use a dictionary, whilst simultaneously expanding their vocabulary. Today’s Word of the Day begins with the letter ‘I’. The word is: ivory.


engraved ivory tusk

Engraved ivory


n 1 the hard creamy-white substance that forms the main part of the tusks of elephants, walruses, hippopotomuses, and narwals. 2 the creamy-white colour of ivory. 3 (the ivories) informal the keys of a piano. 4 informal a person’s teeth.

Ivory isn’t used much today, but in the past has been used for all sorts of things, including fans, piano keys, dominoes, buttons and false teeth. Synthetic substitutes and plastics are used now instead.

In the past many elephants were killed so people could get their ivory tusks. People all over the world have tried to stop this cruel killing of elephants. Now, very few are killed for their ivory, and there are laws to protect the elephants.


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One response to “Word of the day #35: ivory

  1. We lost many of this giant species Elephant for Ivory..Good that its in less use. Definitely it has artistic value!

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