Origin of amber
OTHER WORDS FROM amberam·ber·like, am·ber·y, am·ber·ous, adjective
Words nearby amber
Other definitions for amber (2 of 2)
How to use amber in a sentence
A single piece of amber from Myanmar held 39 ostracods, including many from a newly discovered species, Myanmarcypris hui.A tiny crustacean fossil contains roughly 100-million-year-old giant sperm|Curtis Segarra|September 21, 2020|Science News
Profits from the amber mined in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden Kachin State may be helping to fund warring groups in the region.
By participating in the amber trade, some researchers say, scientists may be able to keep them from vanishing into private collections and being lost to the public trust.
The researchers aren’t sure exactly where the chunk of amber containing the bird skull came from.
As a result of these and other ethical concerns, some scientists have begun calling for a halt to scientific papers that describe fossils in Myanmar amber.
I've had him on several of my shows, The Britney Amber Show and even on some shoots.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And a perfectly amber whisky might as well taste like an old shoe.
Light amber in color with a subtle sour finish, Fula is one of Casa Bruja's best sellers.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The DVD was accompanied by a personalized basketball jersey and a piece of polished amber.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs|Ben Jacobs|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In some cases, such as those of Dallas nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the body figures out how to fight back.
The Turkish and Persian pipes have often a small wooden tube inside the amber mouth-piece.
The varnish of a beautiful amber colour, and there are a few instances of fine red.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
Clean your tube regularly, and your amber mouthpiece with a feather dipped in spirits of lavender.
He seemed to have abandoned himself to a reverie, and to be seeing pleasing visions in the amber bead.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The first and largest of these had a thick bamboo stem, an amber mouthpiece, and a tiny, disproportionate bowl of brass.Dope|Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for amber
- a yellow or yellowish-brown hard translucent fossil resin derived from extinct coniferous trees that occurs in Tertiary deposits and often contains trapped insects. It is used for jewellery, ornaments, etc
- (as modifier)an amber necklace Related adjective: succinic
- a medium to dark brownish-yellow colour, often somewhat orange, similar to that of the resin
- (as adjective)an amber dress
Word Origin for amber
Scientific definitions for amber
A Closer Look
Certain trees, especially conifers, produce a sticky substance called resin to protect themselves against insects. Normally, it decays in oxygen through the action of bacteria. However, if the resin happens to fall into wet mud or sand containing little oxygen, it can harden and eventually fossilize, becoming the yellowish, translucent substance known as amber. If any insects or other organisms are trapped in the resin before it hardens, they can be preserved, often in exquisite detail. By studying these preserved organisms, scientists are able learn key facts about life on Earth millions of years ago.