- hard translucent fossilized resin produced by extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in color.
Amber has been used in jewelry since antiquity. It is found chiefly along the southern shores of the Baltic Sea; pieces often contain the bodies of trapped insects. When rubbed, amber becomes charged with static electricity: the word electric is derived from the Greek word for amber
late Middle English (also in the sense 'ambergris'): from Old French ambre, from Arabic ῾anbar 'ambergris', later 'amber'