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
References in periodicals archive ?
Sea animal medicines indicated in the homeopathic literature for thyroid problems include Ambra grisea (waste product of the whale, commonly known as ambergris), Badiaga (freshwater sponge), Calcarea carbonicum (calcium carbonate or oyster shell), Sepia (cuttlefish), and Spongia (toasted sponge).