A wax-like substance that originates as a secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale, found floating in tropical seas and used in perfume manufacture.
- 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.
Late Middle English: from Old French ambre gris 'grey amber', as distinct from amber jaune 'yellow amber' (the resin).
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