Ivory (color)

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Short description: Off-white color
Carved ivory in Sa'dabad Palace, Iran
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ISCC–NBS descriptorPale yellow green

Ivory is an off-white color named after, and derived from, the material made from the tusks and teeth of certain animals, such as the elephant and the walrus. It has a very slight tint of yellow.

The color is often associated with purity and elegance. In Western culture, it is also associated with weddings and other formal occasions. In Eastern cultures, ivory has been used for centuries in the creation of decorative objects and religious artifacts, such as Buddha statues and other sculptures. The cultural acceptance of the use of ivory as a material has declined over time, with the practice being outlawed in much of the world.[1]

The first recorded use of ivory as a color name in English was in 1385.[2]

The color "ivory" was included as one of the X11 colors when they were formulated in 1987.

Ivory in nature

Ivory gull


  • Ivory-colored Cymbidium orchid
    Ivory-colored Cymbidium orchid
    The ivory-colored cymbidium is a species of orchid.


See also


  1. Bear, Jacci Howard. "Ivory Color Meanings". https://www.lifewire.com/ivory-color-meanings-1073966. 
  2. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 197; Color Sample of Ivory: Page 43 Plate 10 Color Sample B12