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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.
- ‘It was probably a fatal piece of ambergris that caused his death.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He excavates the skull, and finds six handfuls of ambergris.’
Late Middle English: from Old French ambre gris ‘grey amber’, as distinct from amber jaune ‘yellow amber’ (the resin).
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.