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



ebon (plural ebons)

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


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.
    • 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 279:
      Woona had silently and swiftly backed away; and her ebon face, Ursula saw, had changed into leaden flabbiness with some horrible fear.