ambergris

noun
am·ber·gris | \ˈam-bər-ˌgris, -ˌgrē(s)\

Definition of ambergris 

: a waxy substance found floating in or on the shores of tropical waters, believed to originate in the intestines of the sperm whale, and used in perfumery as a fixative

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The cologne, with notes of grapefruit, marine accord, and ambergris, is available now. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Nick Youngquest on the Smell of a Men’s Locker Room and Seaweed," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ambergris

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ambergris

Middle English ambregris, from Middle French ambre gris, from ambre + gris gray — more at grizzle

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ambergris

noun
am·ber·gris | \ˈam-bər-ˌgris, -ˌgrē(s) \

Medical Definition of ambergris 

: a waxy substance found floating in or on the shores of tropical waters, believed to originate in the intestines of the sperm whale, and used in perfumery as a fixative

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