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English

Etymology

From Arabic عنبر (‘anbar) ‘ambergris’ (now ‘amber’). Ambergris, of animal origin, somehow became confused with the fossil resin, of vegetable origin, so the French language differentiated them as ambre gris, grey amber, and ambre jaune, yellow amber. English adopted this differentiation in the respective forms ambergris and amber.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
amber

Plural
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amber ({{{1}}})
Amber pendants
  1. A hard yellow to brown translucent fossil resin, used for jewellery.
  2. A brownish yellow colour.
    amber colour:   
  3. (UK) The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights.
  4. (biology), (genetics), (biochemistry) A colloquial name used in molecular biology referring to a particular stop codon sequence, "UAG."

Quotations

fossil resin, used in jewellery
With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knavery.
  • 1594Shakespeare, Hamlet ii 2
    Slanders, sir: for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum and that they have a plentiful lack of wit.
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    • Breton: goularz m. (1) goulou melen m. (3)
    • Lithuanian: gintaras (1)

    Adjective

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    Positive
    amber

    Comparative
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    1. Of a brownish yellow colour.

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    Croatian

    Noun

    amber m. sg.

    1. amber (fossil resin)

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    Dutch

    Pronunciation

    • /'ambər/, /'amb@r/

    Hyphenation

    am.ber

    Noun

    amber n.

    1. amber (resin)

    Old English

    Etymology

    Latin amphora

    Noun

    amber m.

    1. bucket

    Old High German

    Etymology

    Latin amphora

    Noun

    amber m.

    1. bucket

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