Ebony Tree Forest at Krishnapura
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Ebony (Diospyros ebenum), also known as India Ebony or Ceylon Ebony depending on its origin, is a tree in the genus Diospyros, native to southern India and Sri Lanka. A tree is a perennial Woody plant. It is most often defined as a woody plant that has many secondary branches supported clear of the ground on a single main stem or Diospyros is a Genus (including what used to be Maba) of about 450-500 species of Deciduous and Evergreen Trees The India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka ( Sinhalese:, இலங்கை known as Ceylon before 1972 is an Island It is noted for its heavy black, fine-grained heartwood. Black is the Color of objects that do not emit or Reflect Light in any part of the Visible spectrum; they absorb all such frequencies of Wood is hard fibrous lignified structural tissue produced as secondary Xylem in the stems of Woody plants notably trees but also shrubs It is a medium-sized evergreen, reaching 20–25 m tall. In Botany, an Evergreen plant is a plant having leaves all year round The leaves are entire, about 6–15 cm long and 3–5 cm broad. In Botany, a leaf is an above-ground Plant organ specialized for Photosynthesis. The fruit is a small berry 2 cm diameter, similar to a small persimmon. The term fruit has different meanings dependent on context and the term is not synonymous in Food preparation and Biology. The word berry has two meanings one based on a botanical definition the other on common identification This article refers to the edible fruit For the British construction company see Persimmon plc; for the racehorse see Persimmon (horse. This slow growing tree is native to dry and intermediate zones.
Ebony heartwood is one of the most intensely black woods known, which, combined with its very high density (it is one of the very few woods that sink in water), fine texture, and ability to polish very smoothly, has made it very valuable as an ornamental wood.
Ebony has a long history of use, with carved pieces having been found in Ancient Egyptian tombs. Ancient Egypt was an Ancient Civilization in eastern North Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now The word "ebony" derives from the Ancient Egyptian hbny, via the Greek έβενος (ebenos), by way of Latin and Middle English. Egyptian is an Afro-Asiatic language most closely related to the Berber, Semitic, Somali and Beja languages Greek (el ελληνική γλώσσα or simply el ελληνικά — "Hellenic" is an Indo-European language, spoken today by 15-22 million people mainly Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. Middle English is the name given by Historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of
By the end of the 16th century, fine cabinets for the luxury trade were made of ebony in Antwerp. ||-||-||-||} Antwerp ( Dutch:, French: Anvers) is a City and Municipality in Belgium and the capital of the The dense hardness lent itself to refined moldings framing finely detailed pictorial panels with carving in very low relief (bas-relief), usually of allegorical subjects, or scenes taken from classical or Christian history. A bas-relief (baʁəljɛf in French; French for "low relief" derived from the Italian basso rilievo) or low relief is a Sculpture Within a short time, such cabinets were also being made in Paris, where their makers became known as ébénistes, which remains the French term for a cabinetmaker. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city Ébéniste is the French word for a Cabinetmaker, as Menuisier denotes a woodcarver or chairmaker Cabinet making is the practice of utilizing various Woodworking skills to create cabinets shelving and Furniture.
Modern uses are largely restricted to small sizes, particularly in musical instrument making, including piano and harpsichord keys, violin, oboe, guitar, and cello fingerboards, endpieces, pegs and chinrests. A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers A harpsichord is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. The violin is a bowed String instrument with four strings usually tuned in Perfect fifths It is the smallest and highest-pitched member "Hautbois" redirects here for the strawberry variety see Hautbois strawberry. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles The violoncello (abbreviated to cello, or 'cello, plural cellos or celli —the c is tʃ A tuning peg is used to hold a string in the Pegbox of a stringed instrument. A chinrest is a shaped piece of wood (or plastic attached to the body of a Violin or a Viola to aid in the positioning of the player's Jaw or chin on the Traditionally, black piano and harpsichord keys were ebony, and the black pieces in chess sets were made from ebony, with rare boxwood being used for the white pieces. Chess pieces vary in both value and abilities A standard chess match consists of each player having the following equipment 1 king Buxus is a Genus of about 70 species in the family Buxaceae. Common names include box (majority of English-speaking countries or boxwood Modern east Midlands-style lace-making bobbins, also being small, are often made of ebony and look particularly decorative when bound with brass or silver wire. A bobbin is a spindle or cylinder with or without flanges on which Wire, Yarn, thread or film is wound Due to its strength, many handgun grips are made of Ebony as well.
In Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka, the tree is called Karmara in the native Tulu language. Dakshina Kannada ( Kannada & Tulu:ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡ (earlier known as South Kanara, or South Canara) is a coastal Udupi ( Kannada, Tulu: ಉಡುಪಿ Odipu, Konkani - उडुपी) is a city and the headquarters of the Udupi District in Districts are a type of Administrative division, in some countries managed by a Local government. Karnataka (ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ pronounced) is a state in the southern part of India Ebony tree forests which once covered large areas of these districts have shrunk significantly due to rapid urbanization. The wood of ebony is used as firewood, as it can burn even in moist conditions.
As a result of unsustainable harvesting, many species of ebony are now considered threatened.
Ebony is now also a common name in Africa and several parts of northern Europe and America .
Detail of ebony wood.
An ebony clothes brush.
Chess set - black pieces are ebony.
Elephant carvings made from ebony.