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amber

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Pronunciation: /ˈambə
 
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Definition of amber in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, dinosaurs almost never get trapped in tree amber.
  • Whether buying the spiced local gingerbread or scouting for the region's best amber, it's hard to resist picking something up.
  • The 130-million-year-old spider silk was found in fossilized amber from Lebanon.
1.1A honey-yellow colour typical of amber: [as modifier]: amber eyes
More example sentences
  • These letters come in three colours - green, amber and red.
  • Even at this time of the year, the very beginning of summer, it sprawls dry, thorny and desiccated, in shades of tan, amber, and a hundred browns.
  • Furniture includes chairs and couches upholstered in amber, magenta, and burgundy.
1.2A yellow light used as a cautionary signal between green for ‘go’ and red for ‘stop’: the lights were at amber
More example sentences
  • He warned that cyclists ran the same risk of being stopped as drivers for going through reds or late ambers.
  • The signal, a red, green or amber light to direct traffic to stop, proceed with caution or go, revolutionized traffic control.
  • The signal lights blinking only amber meant that one hapless policeman made a valiant effort to control traffic which seemed to swamp him from all directions.

Origin

late Middle English (also in the sense 'ambergris'): from Old French ambre, from Arabic ‘anbar 'ambergris', later 'amber'.

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  • Amber comes from Arabic ‘anbar, which also meant ‘ambergris’ a wax-like substance used in the manufacture of perfume that originates as a secretion of the sperm whale. See also electricity. Much more appealing is amber nectar, which was popularized as an advertising slogan for Fosters lager from 1986. It goes back much further than that, though, and has been a slang term for beer since the 1890s, especially in Australia.

Words that rhyme with amber

camber, caramba, clamber, Cochabamba, gamba, mamba, Maramba, samba, timbre

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