(I've) Colloquial contraction of I have.
(-ive) [L. -ivus.] An adjective suffix signifying relating or belonging to, of the nature of, tending
to; as affirmative, active, conclusive, corrective, diminutive.
(I"vied) a. [From Ivy.] Overgrown with ivy.
(I"vo*ride) n. A composition resembling ivory in appearance and used as a substitute for it.
(I"vo*ry) n.; pl. Ivories [OE. ivori, F. ivoire, fr. L. eboreus made of ivory, fr. ebur, eboris,
ivory, cf. Skr. ibha elephant. Cf. Eburnean.]
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 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.
3. Any carving executed in ivory. Mollett.
4. pl. Teeth; as, to show one's ivories. [Slang]
Ivory black. See under Black, n. Ivory gull (Zoöl.), 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 nuts.
Ivory palm (Bot.), the palm tree which produces ivory nuts. Ivory shell (Zoöl.), 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
(I"vo*ry-bill`) n. (Zoöl.) A large, handsome, North American woodpecker having a large, sharp,
ivory-colored beak. Its general color is glossy black, with white secondaries, and a white dorsal stripe.
The male has a large, scarlet crest. It is now rare, and found only in the Gulf States.
(I"vo*ry*type`) n. (Photog.) A picture produced by superposing a very light print, rendered
translucent by varnish, and tinted upon the back, upon a stronger print, so as to give the effect of a
photograph in natural colors; called also hellenotype. Knight.
(I"vy) n.; pl. Ivies [AS. ifig; akin to OHG. ebawi, ebah, G. epheu.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus
Hedera common in Europe. Its leaves are evergreen, dark, smooth, shining, and mostly five- pointed; the
flowers yellowish and small; the berries black or yellow. The stem clings to walls and trees by rootlike
The clasping ivy where to climb.
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere.Milton. American ivy. (Bot.) See Virginia creeper. English ivy (Bot.), a popular name in America for
the ivy proper (Hedera helix). German ivy (Bot.), a creeping plant, with smooth, succulent stems,
and fleshy, light-green leaves; a species of Senecio Ground ivy. (Bot.) Gill (Nepeta Glechoma).
Ivy bush. (Bot.) See Mountain laurel, under Mountain. Ivy owl (Zoöl.), the barn owl. Ivy