(transitive, rare) To perfume or flavour with ambergris. (transitive, rare) To preserve in amber. (transitive, rare, chiefly poetic or literary) To cause to take on the yellow colour of amber. (intransitive, rare, chiefly poetic or literary) To take on the yellow colour of amber.
1.a pale yellow, sometimes reddish or brownish, fossil resin of vegetable origin, translucent, brittle, and capable of gaining a negative electrical charge by friction and of being an excellent insulator, used for making jewelry and other ornamental articles.
2.the yellowish-brown color of resin.
3.of the color of amber; yellowish-brown, amber fields of grain.
4.made of amber, amber earrings.
1.a female given name.
1.a yellow or yellowish-brown hard translucent fossil resin derived from extinct coniferous trees that occurs in Tertiary deposits and often contains trapped insects. It is used for jewellery, ornaments, etc (as modifier), an amber necklace, related adjective succinic
2. fly in amber, a strange relic or reminder of the past
3.a medium to dark brownish-yellow colour, often somewhat orange, similar to that of the resin (as adjective), an amber dress
4. an amber traffic light used as a warning between red and green Word OriginC14, from Medieval Latin ambar, from Arabic `anbar ambergrisCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-14c., "ambergris, perfume made from ambergris," from Old French ambre, from Medieval Latin ambar "ambergris," from Arabic 'anbar "ambergris." In Europe, the sense was extended, inexplicably, to fossil resins from the Baltic (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin; c.1400 in English), which has become the main sense as the use of ambergris has waned. This formerly was known as white or yellow amber to distinguish it from ambergris, which word entered English early 15c. from French, which distinguished the two substances as ambre gris and amber jaune. The classical word for Baltic amber was electrum (cf. electric).
It was an Amber alert.
At once, he felt the brush of her soft curls against the underside of his chin and smelled her amber-vanilla.
It was strange how quickly the trials and fears of the day could be put on the back burner with a couple of swigs of amber liquid.
She poured herself amber liquid and took a long swallow.
His gaze turned from amber to fire, and she wondered if she'd pushed him too far.
Kris.s gaze went from emerald to amber, and he strode across the room to meet him.
Cynthia sat up in bed as she read the brief passage, an uncommon glass of amber liquid in her hand Donnie deciphered it.
The liquid was a light amber color and had bubbles in it.
There was no denying the pleasure in his amber eyes as he boldly surveyed her from head to toe.
Guilt and need warred as her senses became saturated with his oak-amber scent, the warmth of his body at her back.
His velvety mouth and full lips, combined with his amber-oak scent, intoxicated her senses.
True amber has sometimes been called karabe, a word of oriental derivation signifying "that which attracts straw," in allusion to the power which amber possesses of acquiring an electric charge by friction.
Standing on the snow-covered plain, as if in a pasture amid the hills, I cut my way first through a foot of snow, and then a foot of ice, and open a window under my feet, where, kneeling to drink, I look down into the quiet parlor of the fishes, pervaded by a softened light as through a window of ground glass, with its bright sanded floor the same as in summer; there a perennial waveless serenity reigns as in the amber twilight sky, corresponding to the cool and even temperament of the inhabitants.
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