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ambergris


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ambergris  \Am"ber*gris\,  n.  [F.  ambre  gris,  i.  e.,  gray  amber; 
  F.  gris  gray,  which  is  of  German  origin:  cf  OS  gr[^i]s,  G. 
  greis,  gray-haired.  See  {Amber}.] 
  A  substance  of  the  consistence  of  wax,  found  floating  in  the 
  Indian  Ocean  and  other  parts  of  the  tropics,  and  also  as  a 
  morbid  secretion  in  the  intestines  of  the  sperm  whale 
  ({Physeter  macrocephalus}),  which  is  believed  to  be  in  all 
  cases  its  true  origin.  In  color  it  is  white,  ash-gray, 
  yellow,  or  black,  and  often  variegated  like  marble.  The 
  floating  masses  are  sometimes  from  sixty  to  two  hundred  and 
  twenty-five  pounds  in  weight.  It  is  wholly  volatilized  as  a 
  white  vapor  at  212[deg]  Fahrenheit,  and  is  highly  valued  in 
  perfumery.  --Dana. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ambergris 
  n  :  waxy  substance  secreted  by  the  sperm  whale  and  found 
  floating  at  sea  or  washed  ashore;  used  in  perfume 




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