Origin of amber
Definition for amber (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for amber
In some cases, such as those of Dallas nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the body figures out how to fight back.
Two centuries later, the Amber Room was repatriated to Germany under very different diplomatic circumstances.
However, when the Red Army reached Königsberg in 1945, the Amber Room had mysteriously vanished.
On stage, Amber spoofed Sarah Palin in a topknot and librarian glasses, yanking a toy gun and stuffed moose from her skirt.
Later, at the Rose.Rabbit.Lie club, Amber spontaneously sing “Proud Mary” with a cabaret singer.
In both cases the name is derived from the pale yellow colour of electrum, resembling that of amber.
Sometimes the coffee would come to the table a thin, amber fluid that tasted like particularly bad consommé.The Booming of Acre Hill|John Kendrick Bangs
The death of Amber was as nothing to the death of Chitor—a body whence the life had been driven by riot and the sword.From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
In the case of amber, since there is another different method of attracting, the Epicurean atoms cannot fit one another in shape.On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth|William Gilbert of Colchester
Beneath trees and hedgerows the ripe mosses gleamed, and coral and amber fungi, with amanita and other hooded folk.Children of the Mist|Eden Phillpotts
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
Word Origin and History for amber
mid-14c., "ambergris, perfume made from ambergris," from Old French ambre, from Medieval Latin ambar "ambergris," from Arabic 'anbar "ambergris." In Europe, the sense was extended, inexplicably, to fossil resins from the Baltic (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin; c.1400 in English), which has become the main sense as the use of ambergris has waned. This formerly was known as white or yellow amber to distinguish it from ambergris, which word entered English early 15c. from French, which distinguished the two substances as ambre gris and amber jaune. The classical word for Baltic amber was electrum (cf. electric).
Science 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.