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Definition of the noun ambergris

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noun - plural: ambergrises

  1. waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashore; used in perfume
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic term: animal product = a product made from animal material

Alternative definition of the noun ambergris


  1. [uncountable] A solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish color, produced in the intestines of the sperm whale. It is used in perfumes.


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Ambergris is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish colour produced in the digestive system of sperm whales.

  • also known as Ambergrease, Grey amber

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Google previewThe Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (2015)

ambergris is a waxy calculus that is created in the digestive tracts of sperm whales in response to irritation caused by the sharp, indigestible beaks of ingested squid. It is usually found washed up on beaches or floating in the ocean. It turns up ...

Google previewThe Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal (1809)

by Ralph Griffiths, G. E. Griffiths

Ambergris is an opake whitish, greyish, or yellowish substance, so light as to swim; not only in water, but eren in spirit of wine. Its real origin was formerly much disputed, but it is now ascertained to be a product from the Whales of this tribe, and ...

Google previewEnvironmental Studies

Ambergris is a wax-like substance originating as a morbid concentration in the intestine of the sperm whale. Being lighter than water, it is found floating on tropical seas or cast up on the. shore in yellow, grey, black or variegated ...

Google previewWhales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals (2001)

by George S. Fichter, Barbara J. Hoopes Ambler

Fresh ambergris is a blackish, ioul— adored mass. When dry, it is lighter in color and has a musky odor. It was once used in producing the most ...

Google previewThe Chemistry of Printing Inks and Their Electronics and Medical Applications (2014)

by Johannes Karl Fink

Ambergris is a waxy and flammable substance that is produced.

Google previewThe Science and Art of Perfumery (2013)

by Edward Sagarin

Ambergris has been the subject of seafaring tales and cursing captains' daydreams. Ambergris is a substance developed by the whale, and most authorities believe that only the male of the species can give it forth. Many theories have been ...

Google previewMoby Dick (1892)

by Herman Melville

AMBERGRIS. Now this ambergris is a very curious substance, and so important as an article of commerce ...

Google previewInvest Like a Dealmaker (2008)

Secrets from a Former Banking Insider by Christopher W. Mayer

ambergris from the whale's intestines. Ambergris looks like “mottled old cheese ” but is “worth a gold guinea an ounce to any druggist.” Used in perfumes, cooking, candles, and more, the ambergris is a hidden treasure, passed over by most.

Google previewSandalwood and Carrion (2012)

Smell in Indian Religion and Culture by James McHugh

It would appear that ambergris is a perfume closely associated with Islamic culture, and that this association continues in Mughal India. Con— versely, when Ibn Masawaih discusses the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Color Additives (1997)

by George A. Burdock

AMBERGRIS, TINCTURE Synonyms Ambra (tincture); ambregris (tincture). Current CAS number Description 977023-08-7 Ambergris, also called ambra, is the pathological tissue resulting from the consumption of indigestible components of ...

Google previewMedical Lexicon (1839)

by Robley Dunglison

Ambarum, Ambergris — a. Cincritium, Ambergris. Amber, Succinum — a. Liquid : see Liquid- ambar styraciflua. Ambiltevus ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B by William Nicholson

AMBERGRIS, in chemistry, is a substance found floating on the sea, near the coasts of India, Africa, and Brazil, usually in small pieces, but sometimes in masses of 50 or 100 pounds in weight. Various opinions have been entertained ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry, on the Basis of Mr. Nicholson's (1821)

In which the Principles of the Science are Investigated Anew, and Its Applications to the Phenomena of Nature, Medicine, Mineralogy, Agriculture, and Manufactures, Detailed by Andrew Ure

The denser ambergris, being subjected to Heat in like circumstances, fuses less rea- Uily and completely, emits the same volatile empyreumatic oil, accompanied with crystalline needles, decidedly acidulous. These are either the benzoic or ...

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The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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