Definition of vegetable ivory in English:

vegetable ivory


  • A hard white material obtained from the endosperm of the ivory nut.

    • ‘Sulfuric acid applied to vegetable ivory causes an irreversible pink coloring in about 12 minutes.’
    • ‘However, Bennett said he does not think the vegetable ivory serves as a viable replacement for animal ivory.’
    • ‘These vegetable ivory tagua nut animal carvings are hand carved in Ecuador.’
    • ‘Since the second world war vegetable ivory has been largely replaced by plastics.’
    • ‘Individuals working to save the rain forest also encourage the production and sale of vegetable ivory products, creating economic value for living rain forest plants.’