Origin of ambergris
Examples from the Web for ambergris
Historical Examples of ambergris
To one pint of highly rectified spirits of wine, put an ounce of the oil of rosemary, and two drams of the essence of ambergris.
The hatches were off her hold and our sealskins and our ambergris gone from below.
We boarded Red Dick's steamer, and there were our sealskins and ambergris.
This and an ounce of ambergris were left with him for his personal use.Sir Walter Ralegh
A drop or two (not more) of essence of ambergris or vanilla improves it.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Word Origin for ambergris
early 15c., from Middle French ambre gris "gray amber" (see amber), "a wax-like substance of ashy colour, found floating in tropical seas, a morbid secretion from the intestines of the sperm-whale. Used in perfumery, and formerly in cookery" [OED]. King Charles II's favorite dish was said to be eggs and ambergris [Macauley, "History of England"]. French gris is from Frankish *gris or some other Germanic source (cf. Dutch grijs, Old High German gris; see gray).
Praise is like ambergris; a little whiff of it, by snatches, is very agreeable; but when a man holds a whole lump of it to his nose, it is a stink and strikes you down. [Pope, c.1720]