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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: 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
Forum: Evolution
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
Forum: Molecular Biology
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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by geb
Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Species vs Race?
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question on DNA material?

... it anymore. The rest of the pellet doesn't dissolve so easily and looks like a thick white material, similar to what looks like a small piece of Ivory soap (not saying it is soap, but that's what it looks like!). I can break this thicker material up also and resuspend it in the TE, but I am worried ...

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by bluerose
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: question on DNA material?
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The most promising area of Biology?

. Proof is in the pudding, as they say. What this means is that the real value even of the most stringent laboratory proof goes no further than an ivory tower,... if government does not apply it. Even more, the isolated island of the laboratory has to be expanded to the world, if that isolated ...

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by robertkernodle
Wed Apr 25, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The most promising area of Biology?
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