Definition of ambergris in English:

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ambergris

Pronunciation: /ˈambərˌɡris/
/ˈambərˌɡrē(s)/

noun

A waxlike substance that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale, found floating in tropical seas and used in perfume manufacture.
Example sentences
  • So, I got some sea salt, put it in a dish of blue glass, and anointed the dish with ambergris.
  • Apparently the plastic is infused with ambergris.
  • In the oily water round it we find ambergris and other fine and wonderful things.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French ambre gris 'gray amber', as distinct from amber jaune 'yellow amber' (the resin).

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Syllabification: am·ber·gris

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