an opaque, ash-colored secretion of the sperm whale intestine, usually found floating on the ocean or cast ashore: used in perfumery.
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How to use ambergris in a sentence
Oriental ambergris to put in the kings food and in his claret was another expensive item.Medival Byways | Louis F. Salzmann
It may be noted that both the Malays and the Chinese attribute the origin of ambergris to either a sea-dragon or a sea-serpent.Mythical Monsters | Charles Gould
Bring wine and essences, electuaries and ambergris, if the refectioner have any with him.Wager of Battle | Henry William Herbert
Turn a pint of alcohol slowly on to an ounce and a half of the oil of lavender, two drachms of ambergris.The American Housewife | Anonymous
Swimming out in the salt water, the mermaids would go in quest of pearls, coral, ambergris and other pretty things.Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks | William Elliot Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for ambergris
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
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Scientific definitions for ambergris
A yellow, gray, or black waxy material formed in the intestines of sperm whales that consists of a mixture of steroid derivatives. It is often found floating at sea or washed ashore, has a pleasant odor, and is added to perfumes as a fixative to slow down the rate of evaporation.
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