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Definition: vegetable ivory
n : nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell
takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons [syn: ivory nut
, apple nut
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Definition: Vegetable ivory
([imac]"v[-o]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Ivories
ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur,
eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean
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
Note: Ivory is the name commercially given not only to the
substance constituting the tusks of the elephant, but
also to that of the tusks of the hippopotamus and
walrus, the hornlike tusk of the narwhal, etc.
2. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.
3. Any carving executed in ivory. --Mollett.
4. pl. Teeth; as, to show one's ivories. [Slang]
. See under Black
(Zo["o]l.), a white Arctic gull (Larus eburneus
(Bot.), the nut of a species of palm, the
, often as large as a hen's egg. When
young the seed contains a fluid, which gradually hardness
into a whitish, close-grained, albuminous substance,
resembling the finest ivory in texture and color, whence
it is called vegetable ivory
. It is wrought into various
articles, as buttons, chessmen, etc. The palm is found in
New Grenada. A smaller kind is the fruit of the Phytephas microarpa
. The nuts are known in commerce as Corosso
(Bot.), the palm tree which produces ivory nuts.
(Zo["o]l.), any species of Eburna
, a genus of
marine gastropod shells, having a smooth surface, usually
white with red or brown spots.
, the meat of the ivory nut. See Ivory nut
, a. [F. v['e]g['e]table growing,
capable of growing, formerly also, as a noun, a vegetable,
from L. vegetabilis enlivening, from vegetare to enliven,
invigorate, quicken, vegetus enlivened, vigorous, active,
vegere to quicken, arouse, to be lively, akin to vigere to be
lively, to thrive, vigil watchful, awake, and probably to E.
wake, v. See Vigil
1. Of or pertaining to plants; having the nature of, or
produced by, plants; as, a vegetable nature; vegetable
growths, juices, etc.
Blooming ambrosial fruit
Of vegetable gold. --Milton.
2. Consisting of, or comprising, plants; as, the vegetable
(Chem.), an alkaloid.
. (Bot.) See Vegetable sulphur
(Bot.), a name of several kinds of
concrete vegetable oil; as that produced by the Indian
butter tree, the African shea tree, and the Pentadesma butyracea
, a tree of the order Guttifer[ae]
African. Still another kind is pressed from the seeds of
, a textile material, manufactured in
Germany from pine-needle wool, a down or fiber obtained
from the leaves of the Pinus sylvestris
. See Ivory nut
, under Ivory
. See Pectin
. (Nat. Hist.) See the last Phrase, below.
(a) (Bot.) A shrubby West Indian spurge (Euphorbia punicea
), with leathery foliage and crimson bracts.
(b) See Vegetable leather
, under Leather
(Bot.), an egg-shaped gourd, commonly
eight to ten inches long. It is noted for the very tender
quality of its flesh, and is a favorite culinary vegetable
in England. It has been said to be of Persian origin, but
is now thought to have been derived from a form of the
(Bot.), the oyster plant. See under
(Bot.), a white woolly plant (Raoulia eximia
) of New Zealand, which grows in the form of large
fleecy cushions on the mountains.
, a cottonlike, fibrous material obtained
from the coating of the seeds of a Brazilian tree
). It us used for various purposes, as
for stuffing, and the like, but is incapable of being spun
on account of a want of cohesion among the fibers.
. See 1st Loof
, the fine highly inflammable spores of
the club moss (Lycopodium clavatum
, a substance resembling tallow, obtained
from various plants; as, Chinese vegetable tallow
obtained from the seeds of the tallow tree. Indian vegetable tallow
is a name sometimes given to piney
, a waxy excretion on the leaves or fruits of
certain plants, as the bayberry.
(Nat. Hist.), that primary division of
living things which includes all plants. The classes of
the vegetable kingdom have been grouped differently by
various botanists. The following is one of the best of the
many arrangements of the principal subdivisions.
[1913 Webster] I. Ph[ae]nogamia
). Plants having distinct flowers and true
seeds. [ 1. Dicotyledons
(called also Exogens
Seeds with two or more cotyledons. Stems with the pith,
woody fiber, and bark concentrically arranged. Divided
into two subclasses: Angiosperms
, having the woody fiber
interspersed with dotted or annular ducts, and the seed
contained in a true ovary; Gymnosperms
, having few or no
ducts in the woody fiber, and the seeds naked. 2.
(called also Endogens
). -- Seeds with
single cotyledon. Stems with slender bundles of woody
fiber not concentrically arranged, and with no true bark.]
[1913 Webster] II. Cryptogamia
. Plants without true
flowers, and reproduced by minute spores of various kinds,
or by simple cell division. [ 1. Acrogens
. -- Plants
usually with distinct stems and leaves, existing in two
alternate conditions, one of which is nonsexual and
sporophoric, the other sexual and o["o]phoric. Divided
into Vascular Acrogens
, or Pteridophyta
, having the
sporophoric plant conspicuous and consisting partly of
vascular tissue, as in Ferns, Lycopods, and Equiseta, and
, or Bryophyta
, having the sexual
plant most conspicuous, but destitute of vascular tissue,
as in Mosses and Scale Mosses. 2. Thallogens
. -- Plants
without distinct stem and leaves, consisting of a simple
or branched mass of cellular tissue, or educed to a single
cell. Reproduction effected variously. Divided into
, which contain chlorophyll or its equivalent,
and which live upon air and water, and Fungi
contain no chlorophyll, and live on organic matter.
(Lichens are now believed to be fungi parasitic on
Note: Many botanists divide the Ph[ae]nogamia primarily into
Gymnosperms and Angiosperms, and the latter into
Dicotyledons and Monocotyledons. Others consider
Pteridophyta and Bryophyta to be separate classes.
Thallogens are variously divided by different writers,
and the places for diatoms, slime molds, and stoneworts
are altogether uncertain.
[1913 Webster] For definitions, see these names in the