Ivory tower

Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Thu Jun 3 13:54:02 UTC 2004

> I am looking for the etymology for "ivory tower" in reference to
> higher education. Any help you could provide would be greatly
> appreciated.

It's not especially clear where it comes from. I've had a shot at
explaining it at http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-ivo1.htm .

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
E-mail: <TheEditor at worldwidewords.org>
Web: <http://www.worldwidewords.org/>

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