What is another word for ambergris?

Pronunciation: [ˈambəɡɹˌɪs] (IPA)

Ambergris is a waxy substance that is produced in the digestive system of sperm whales. The substance has a unique aromatic scent and is commonly used in the production of perfumes. Ambergris is also known by other names such as grey amber, whale ambergris, and ambra grisea. Other synonyms for ambergris include moronic acid, animalic ambergris, and gray ambergris. The substance was historically worth its weight in gold and was highly prized by perfume makers and traders. While the use of ambergris has declined today due to the advent of synthetic alternatives, it remains an important ingredient in high-end perfumes and other fragrances.

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Usage examples for Ambergris

Swimming out in the salt water, the mermaids would go in quest of pearls, coral, ambergris and other pretty things.
"Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks"
William Elliot Griffis
Oscar Wilde, who wrote, with a style dipped in ambergris, was truly a manifestation of the German spirit which began to invade us subtly at about that time.
"The Orchard of Tears"
Sax Rohmer
It seemed impertinent to make a convenience of such a splendid, early Roman sort of receptacle for a mere five minutes' splash; a bath of such magnificence ought, I felt, to be what Americans call a "function"; a ceremony for which you would prepare with perfumed ointments and ambergris, and protract for half a day, at least, not to be wasteful.
"Lady-Betty-Across-the-Water"
Lowell, Orson

Famous quotes with Ambergris

  • Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia. That is why we number so few geniuses among us. The wholesome oyster wears no pearl, the healthy whale no ambergris, and as long as we can keep on adding to the race, we harbor a sort of health within ourselves.
    Phyllis McGinley
  • A good religious poem, today, is ambergris, and it is hard to enjoy it for thinking of all those suffering whales; but martyrs are born, not made.
    Randall Jarrell

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