Ebony is a dense black hardwood, most commonly yielded by several different species in the genus Diospyros
It is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood.
Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. The word ebony comes from the Ancient Egyptian (hbny), through the Ancient Greek (ébenos), into Latin and Middle English
Distribution: Equatorial West Africa
Janka Hardness: 3,080 lbf (13,700 N)
Shrinkage: Radial: 8.3%, Tangential: 11.2%, Volumetric: 19.6%, T/R Ratio: 1.3