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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.]
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(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]
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am•ber•gris(ˈæm bərˌgris, -grɪs)
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]
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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.
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ambergris[ˈæmbəˌgriːs] n → ambra grigia
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