from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hard translucent yellow, orange, or brownish-yellow fossil resin, used for making jewelry and other ornamental objects.
  • n. A brownish yellow.
  • adj. Having the color of amber; brownish-yellow.
  • adj. Made of or resembling amber: an amber necklace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brownish yellow colour.
  • n. The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, the illumination of which indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so.
  • n. The stop codon (nucleotide triplet) "UAG", or a mutant which has this stop codon at a premature place in its DNA sequence.
  • adj. Of a brownish yellow colour, like that of most amber.
  • v. To perfume or flavour with ambergris.
  • v. To preserve in amber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of amber; made of amber.
  • adj. Resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored.
  • n. A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric.
  • n. Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow.
  • n. Ambergris.
  • n. The balsam, liquidambar.
  • transitive v. To scent or flavor with ambergris.
  • transitive v. To preserve in amber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ambergris (which see).
  • n. A mineralized pale-yellow, sometimes reddish or brownish, resin of extinct pine-trees, occurring in beds of lignite and in alluvial soils, but found in greatest abundance on the shores of the Baltic, between Königsberg and Memel, where it is thrown up by the sea.
  • n. In the English versions of the Old Testament (Ezek. i. 4, 27; viii. 2) used to translate the Hebrew word chashmal, a shining metal, rendered in the Septuagint ēlektron, and in the Vulgate electrum. See electrum.
  • n. Liquid-ambar.
  • Consisting of or resembling amber; of the color of amber.
  • Having the odor of ambergris.
  • To scent or flavor with amber or ambergris.
  • To make amber-colored.
  • To inclose in amber.
  • n. A vessel with one handle; a pail; a bucket; a pitcher.
  • n. An old English measure of 4 bushels.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a medium to dark brownish yellow color
  • n. a hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin; used for jewelry
  • n. a deep yellow color


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English ambre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ambra, ambar, from Arabic 'anbar, ambergris, amber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French ambre, from Arabic عنبر (ʿanbar, "ambergris"), from Middle Persian 𐭠𐭭𐭡𐭫 (ambar, "ambergris"). Compare lamber, ambergris.



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  • Usage/historical note in comment on ambergris.

    October 9, 2017

  • (creat a link to the word.)

    May 12, 2010

  • amber is resin from trees usually found in countries such as Poland. Many years ago in certain countries it was a capital offence to have amber, except royalty

    May 12, 2010

  • An old English unit of volume used for liquids and dry goods, equal to about 4 bushels or about 140 liters.

    November 6, 2007