Definition of ambergris noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæmbəɡriːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbərɡriːs//
; BrE BrE//ˈæmbəɡrɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmbərɡrɪs//
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a substance that is used in making some perfumes. It is produced naturally by a type of whale. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French ambre gris ‘grey amber’, as distinct from amber jaune ‘yellow amber’ (the resin).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ambergris