from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. Saliva colored by tobacco chewed or held in the mouth; tobacco juice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tobacco-juice.
There was a gravity in his look, but that was not from any gravity of spirits; it was his swarth complexion that gave him this appearance, aided, no doubt, by several lines of "ambeer" proceeding from the corners of his mouth in the direction of the chin.
It is neither fair nor dark, but of a dull-brown colour, lighter around the mouth, where it has been bleached by the sun, "ambeer," and water.