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Ebony refers firstly to a dense black wood, and hence also to:
Plants and their wood
- In botany, the name also applies to a number of species in the genus Diospyros, particularly those with black or pale-streaked wood:
- Ceylon ebony (Diospyros ebenum)
- African Ebony (Diospyros mespiliformis)
- Black Ebony, Gaboon Ebony (Diospyros dendo)
- Black-and-white Ebony, Pale Moon Ebony (Diospyros malabarica)
- Makassar Ebony (Diospyros celebica)
- Coromandel Ebony (Diospyros melanoxylon)
- Mauritius Ebony (Diospyros tessellaria)
- Mun Ebony (Diospyros mun)
- Myrtle Ebony (Diospyros pentamera)
- New Guinea Ebony (Diospyros insularis)
- Queensland Ebony (Diospyros humilis)
- Red-fruited Ebony (Diospyros mabacea)
- On the island of St Helena it is the vernacular name of Trochetiopsis ebenus (the St Helena ebony), where the dark coloured wood is used for local inlay work.
- In the timber trade, the name has also been mis-applied to a number of other unrelated black-coloured woods
- Ebony (magazine)
- Ebony cameras
- Ebony, Prince Lumen's battle spider in Spider Riders
- Ebony White, the sidekick of comics character The Spirit
- "Ebony and Ivory", a 1982 single by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
- Part of Stone-cum-Ebony, a civil parish in Kent
- Ebony, a fictional character from the TV series The Tribe (1999–2003), played by Meryl Cassie
- Ebony, Texas
- Ebony, an alternate term for black people
- Ebony, an ore found in The Elder Scrolls game series
- African Blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is often mistaken for ebony as it is a dense fine grained black wood—but ebony is matte black as opposed to African Blackwood, which has a reflective translucent quality in its grain. Both timbers are valuable for their decorative and structural qualities, particularly in musical instruments. African Blackwood is used in clarinets and similar woodwind instruments because of its tonal quality, and Ebony is used for piano keys, violin finger boards, tuning pegs and chinrests, and in guitar fingerboards because of its resistance to wear.
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