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1. The hard, white, opaque, fine-grained substance constituting the tusks of the elephant. It is a variety of dentine, characterised by the minuteness and close arrangement of the tubes, as also by their double flexure. It is used in manufacturing articles of ornament or utility.

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.

(Science: zoology) ivory gull, a white arctic gull (Larus eburneus).

(Science: botany) ivory nut, 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.

Origin: oe. Ivori, f. Ivoire, fr. L. Eboreus made of ivory, fr. Ebur, eboris, ivory, cf. Skr. Ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean. A shade of white the color of bleached bones.

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Re: Mysterious Tooth

... it isn't straight. Looking down, it has a slight turn or bend to it, like it belonged on the left or right side. Interesting theory of the carved ivory. It's definitely a possibility. Thanks for the reply.

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by Sideshow
Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Mysterious Tooth
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Mysterious Tooth

... It doesn't look like a cat to me. A bit too thin. Could be a monkey or as you suggest a musk deer, or, it could be just a piece of carved ivory, although, I suppose there is a hollow centre to it, at the top?

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by animartco
Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:31 pm
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Topic: Mysterious Tooth
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Re: Elephant: The First Primate?

... related to walrus or narwhal, or manatees? The origina mermaids! Wouldn't that be a turn up for the books! Seriously though, I always thought that ivory was thick enamel. Are they different substances then?

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by animartco
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:36 am
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Topic: Elephant: The First Primate?
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Re: Regulatory elements of genes

... of that type of binding site in the conserved patch. Titus Brown has an awesome webpage that describes all of that much better. It's at http://ivory.idyll.org/articles/intro-cis-reg/#finding-cis-regulatory-modules-with-comparative-sequence-analysis Where are you looking for regulatory elements ...

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by snowcapk
Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:04 am
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Topic: Regulatory elements of genes
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Re: Species vs Race?

... who drop in here, there is bewilderment that so much if it isn't just common sense to the great unwashed. I'm not one who gripes about "ivory tower" mentalities. I've spent most of my effort in arguments defending against those perceptions. But where is the perspective here? I challenge ...

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Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:57 pm
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