ambergris

(redirected from Amber grease)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Translations
ambra
ambra

ambergris

[ˈæmbəgriːs] Námbar m gris
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

ambergris

[ˈæmbərgriː] nambre m gris
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

ambergris

nAmber m, → Ambra f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

ambergris

[ˈæmbəˌgriːs] nambra grigia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
We've got things like flowers like jasmine, geranium and lilac, and lots of abstract flavours, then there's more kitchen-y flavours like dill, rosemary, sage, arugula, patchouli, and then more expected flavours like grapefruit, bitter mandarin, bergamot, canteloupe- then also some strange and wondrous ones like amber grease, or creme brulee and panacotta."