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
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And as for the other whale, why, I'll agree to get more oil by chopping up and trying out these three masts of ours, than he'll get from that bundle of bones; though, now that I think of it, it may contain something worth a good deal more than oil; yes, ambergris.
Sounding him carefully, Stubb further perceived that the Guernsey-man had not the slightest suspicion concerning the ambergris.
And this, good friends, is ambergris, worth a gold guinea an ounce to any druggist.
He saw that there was no mood of the mind that had not its counterpart in the sensuous life, and set himself to discover their true relations, wondering what there was in frankincense that made one mystical, and in ambergris that stirred one's passions, and in violets that woke the memory of dead romances, and in musk that troubled the brain, and in champak that stained the imagination; and seeking often to elaborate a real psychology of perfumes, and to estimate the several influences of sweet-smelling roots and scented, pollen-laden flowers; of aromatic balms and of dark and fragrant woods; of spikenard, that sickens; of hovenia, that makes men mad; and of aloes, that are said to be able to expel melancholy from the soul.
I found myself in a large, vaulted room, lighted by tapers, scented with aloes and ambergris, standing in golden candle-sticks, whilst gold and silver lamps hung from the ceiling.
She distils nothing of the kind, vile rabble," said Don Quixote, burning with rage, "nothing of the kind, I say, only ambergris and civet in cotton; nor is she one-eyed or humpbacked, but straighter than a Guadarrama spindle: but ye must pay for the blasphemy ye have uttered against beauty like that of my lady.
The Hajji said: 'I go to my own place,' and he loosed from his neck a chained heart of ambergris set in soft gold and held it forth.
He tried to analyse the trick, to find a clue to it in the way the chairs and tables were grouped, in the fact that only two Jacqueminot roses (of which nobody ever bought less than a dozen) had been placed in the slender vase at his elbow, and in the vague pervading perfume that was not what one put on handkerchiefs, but rather like the scent of some far-off bazaar, a smell made up of Turkish coffee and ambergris and dried roses.
Ambergris Caye the Placencia Peninsula, and the Cayo District are the most sought-after locations by foreign nationals who typically represent the overwhelming majority of buyers.
The ingredient, ambergris (also called 'whale vomit') is a wax-like soft substance that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale, often found floating in tropical seas and used in perfume manufacture.
A highly-prized piece of whale vomit or ambergris sold for PS11,000 at auction yesterday - some PS4,000 above the asking price.
Sperm whales produce ambergris to protect their intestines from the sharp beaks of the squids they eat.