ambergris


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am·ber·gris

(am'bĕr-gris), The s in this word is not silent.
A grayish pathologic secretion from the intestine of the sperm whale that occurs as a flammable waxy mass (melting point about 60°C), insoluble in water; contains cholesterol and benzoic acid; used as a base for perfume.
[Mod. L. ambra grisea, gray amber]

ambergris

a substance, used in the manufacture of perfume, found in the alimentary canal of sperm whales in the form of a grey waxy secretion.

ambergris

a solid, gray intestinal concretion of sperm whales. It has an unpleasant odor but is very valuable in the formulation of expensive perfumes. Is found floating free after evacuation.
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Ambergris is used for making high-end perfumes whose costs run into the thousands of dollars.
However, this inevitably means that the dynamics of the island's environment have also been altered as Ambergris Caye has increasingly suffered the effects of pollution from a number of sources: the oily trail left behind by boats and cruise ships, domestic sewage originating from toilets, sinks, and other domestic sources, solid waste, agrochemicals, and industrial effluents.
Ambergris is used to make perfume and it is extremely rare.
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Officials in Belize want to question McAfee as a "person of interest" in the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull, his neighbor on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye.
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The two men were reportedly in an argument that went wrong when Faull was gunned down at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.
He participated with a collection of items ranging from old pictures, manuscripts and natural pearls, to large pieces of ambergris.
Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim al Thani, who is participating with a large number of objects ranging from old pictures and manuscripts, natural pearls, to large pieces of ambergris, will be the exhibition's guest of honour.
They include oud oil, Taif and Turkish rose oil, ambergris, white and black musk, and mixtures that contain two or more of those mentioned, he said.
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