A hard, heavy, and durable wood, which admits of a fine polish or gloss. The usual color is black, but it also occurs red or green.
Made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black; as, an ebony countenance.
Specifically, Gaboon ebony was used primarily in the 19th century and early 20th century by bagpipe makers. African blackwood has taken its place as the premier choice of bagpipe makers. Its botanical name is Diospyros mespiliformis. It is jet black in color, and grows in west Africa. There are other cheaper and inferior ebonies.