ambergris : Definition, Usages, News and More
- n waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and found floating at sea or washed ashore; used in perfume
- To "fix" the perfume by uniting other ingredients, perfumers use such sour or fetid-smelling substances as musk, castoreum (made from beavers' testicles), ambergris (a secretion .
- Zheng He himself loaded his ships with ambergris, elephant tusk and rhino horn.
- When Marco Polo wrote about it, still centuries before Zanzibar's golden age, local merchants were already bartering "elephant teeth and ambergris" with the "many trading ships .