Origin of ambergris
Examples from the Web for ambergris
Ambergris forms the basis of these, as it also does of the Indian pastilles called "Cachunde," and which were equally in repute.
A modern compiler, speaking of ambergris, says, "It smells like dried cow-dung."The Art of Perfumery|G. W. Septimus Piesse
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
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
Mix together one ounce of oil of rosemary and two drachms of essence of ambergris; add them to a pint of spirits of wine.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches|Eliza Leslie
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]