ambergris

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am·ber·gris

 (ăm′bər-grĭs′, -grēs′)
n.
A waxy grayish substance from the intestines of sperm whales that was used as a fixative and a fragrance in the manufacture of perfumes. It is found floating at sea or washed ashore and was formerly extracted from whale carcasses.

[Middle English, from Old French ambre gris : ambre, amber; see amber + gris, gray; see grisaille.]

ambergris

(ˈæmbəˌɡriːs; -ˌɡrɪs)
n
(Biochemistry) a waxy substance consisting mainly of cholesterol secreted by the intestinal tract of the sperm whale and often found floating in the sea: used in the manufacture of perfumes
[C15: from Old French ambre gris grey amber]

am•ber•gris

(ˈæm bərˌgris, -grɪs)

n.
an opaque, ash-colored secretion of the sperm whale intestine, usu. found floating on the ocean or cast ashore: used in perfumery.
[1375–1425; late Middle English imbergres < Middle French ambre gris literally, gray amber]

am·ber·gris

(ăm′bər-grĭs′, ăm′bər-grēs′)
A grayish, waxy material formed in the intestines of sperm whales, often found floating at sea or washed ashore. It is used to make perfumes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambergris - waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashoreambergris - waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashore; used in perfume
animal product - a product made from animal material
Translations
ambra
ambra

ambergris

[ˈæmbəgriːs] Námbar m gris

ambergris

[ˈæmbərgriː] nambre m gris

ambergris

nAmber m, → Ambra f

ambergris

[ˈæmbəˌgriːs] nambra grigia