Amber

Amber

1. (Science: chemical) a yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc, and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric.

2. Amber colour, or anything amber-coloured; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky.

3. Ambergris. You that smell of amber at my charge. (Beau. & Fl)

4. The balsam, liquidambar. Black amber, and old and popular name for jet.

Origin: oe. Aumbre, f. Ambre, sp. Ambar, and with the ar. Article, alambar, fr. Ar. 'anbar ambergris.


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