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ambergris

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Living, just by itself—what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting—or he'll come along and nibble your brain.
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Etymology

From medieval [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ambrum "amber" or ambra grisea "grey amber".

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Noun

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ambergris

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ambergris (-)
  1. (uncountable) A solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish color, produced in the intestines of the sperm whale. It is used in perfumes.

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  • 1851Herman Melville, Moby Dick
    And as for the other whale, why, I’ll agree to get more oil by chopping up and trying out these three masts of ours, than he’ll get from that bundle of bones; though, now that I think of it, it may contain something worth a good deal more than oil; yes, ambergris.

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