Ivory vs. Ecru

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Main Difference

The main difference between Ivory and Ecru is that the Ivory is a material derived from the tusks and teeth of animals and Ecru is a Color of unbleached linen or silk.

  • Ivory

    Ivory is a hard, white material from the tusks (traditionally elephants’) and teeth of animals, that can be used in art or manufacturing. It consists mainly of dentine, one of the physical structures of teeth and tusks. The chemical structure of the teeth and tusks of mammals is the same, regardless of the species of origin. The trade in certain teeth and tusks other than elephant is well established and widespread; therefore, “ivory” can correctly be used to describe any mammalian teeth or tusks of commercial interest which are large enough to be carved or scrimshawed. It has been valued since ancient times for making a range of items, from ivory carvings to false teeth, fans, dominoes and joint tubes. Elephant ivory is the most important source, but ivory from mammoth, walrus, hippopotamus, sperm whale, killer whale, narwhal and wart hog are used as well. Elk also have two ivory teeth, which are believed to be the remnants of tusks from their ancestors.The national and international trade in ivory of threatened species such as African and Asian elephants is illegal. The word ivory ultimately derives from the ancient Egyptian âb, âbu (“elephant”), through the Latin ebor- or ebur.

  • Ecru

    Ecru is the color of unbleached linen or silk, a light beige or fawn.

    The word comes from French écru, ‘raw’ or ‘unbleached’.

  • Ivory (noun)

    The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.

  • Ivory (noun)

    A colour, the colour of ivory.

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  • Ivory (noun)

    Something made from or resembling ivory.

  • Ivory (noun)

    The teeth.

  • Ivory (noun)

    The keys of a piano.

  • Ivory (noun)

    A white person.

  • Ivory (adjective)

    Made of ivory.

  • Ivory (adjective)

    Resembling or having the colour of ivory.

  • Ecru (noun)

    A beige colour.

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  • Ecru (adjective)

    Of a beige colour.

  • Ivory (noun)

    a hard creamy-white substance composing the main part of the tusks of an elephant, walrus, or narwhal, often (especially formerly) used to make ornaments and other articles

    “a dagger with an ivory handle”

  • Ivory (noun)

    an object made of ivory.

  • Ivory (noun)

    the keys of a piano

    “Derek tinkled the ivories for us”

  • Ivory (noun)

    a person’s teeth.

  • Ivory (noun)

    the creamy-white colour of ivory

    “an ivory silk blouse”

  • Ecru (noun)

    the light fawn colour of unbleached linen

    “shades of white, black, and ecru”

    “an ecru cardigan”

Oxford Dictionary

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