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 for Ivory black
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ivory \I"vo*ry\ ([imac]"v[-o]*r[y^]), n.; pl. Ivories. [OE.
     ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur,
     eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean.]
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     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
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     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.
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     2. The tusks themselves of the elephant, etc.
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     3. Any carving executed in ivory. --Mollett.
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     4. pl. Teeth; as, to show one's ivories. [Slang]
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     Ivory black. See under Black, n.
     Ivory+gull+(Zool.),+a+white+Arctic+gull+({Larus+eburneus">Ivory gull (Zool.), a white Arctic gull ({Larus eburneus).
     Ivory nut (Bot.), the nut of a species of palm, the
        Phytephas macroarpa, 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
     Ivory palm (Bot.), the palm tree which produces ivory nuts.
     Ivory shell (Zool.), any species of Eburna, a genus of
        marine gastropod shells, having a smooth surface, usually
        white with red or brown spots.
     Vegetable ivory, the meat of the ivory nut. See Ivory nut
        [1913 Webster] ivorybill

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Black \Black\, n.
     1. That which is destitute of light or whiteness; the darkest
        color, or rather a destitution of all color; as, a cloth
        has a good black.
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              Black is the badge of hell,
              The hue of dungeons, and the suit of night. --Shak.
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     2. A black pigment or dye.
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     3. A negro; a person whose skin is of a black color, or
        shaded with black; esp. a member or descendant of certain
        African races.
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     4. A black garment or dress; as, she wears black; pl. (Obs.)
        Mourning garments of a black color; funereal drapery.
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              Friends weeping, and blacks, and obsequies, and the
              like show death terrible.             --Bacon.
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              That was the full time they used to wear blacks for
              the death of their fathers.           --Sir T.
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     5. The part of a thing which is distinguished from the rest
        by being black.
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              The black or sight of the eye.        --Sir K.
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     6. A stain; a spot; a smooch.
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              Defiling her white lawn of chastity with ugly blacks
              of lust.                              --Rowley.
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     Black and white, writing or print; as, I must have that
        statement in black and white.
     Blue black, a pigment of a blue black color.
     Ivory black, a fine kind of animal charcoal prepared by
        calcining ivory or bones. When ground it is the chief
        ingredient of the ink used in copperplate printing.
     Berlin black. See under Berlin.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ivory black
      n 1: a black pigment made from grinding burnt ivory in oil

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