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amber nectar

Beer, especially lager. Primarily heard in Australia. It's been a long day at work, I'm looking for a bit of amber nectar when I finish!
See also: amber, nectar

grey amber

Another term for ambergris, a waxy substance excreted by sperm whales and used as a fixative, especially in the preparation of perfumes. The large chunk of grey amber that washed ashore is worth more than gold!
See also: amber, grey

amber gambler

slang A driver who speeds through an intersection just before the traffic light is about to turn red. The middle (yellow) traffic signal is often referred to as being the color amber. Primarily heard in UK. If you keep being a reckless ambler gambler, you're going to get into a car accident soon enough!
See also: amber, gambler

a fly in amber

Something from or indicative of a bygone era that still exists in the present in the same or similar form (like an ancient insect preserved in amber). Amongst the booming modernity of the city's glass-paned skyscrapers and hip, trendy restaurants lies a fly in amber—Madame Couture's Curiosity Shop, still in the exact same building as when it opened in 1874 My brother still lives at home with our parents, with no job, no girlfriend, and no motivation in life, still living as a child, like a fly in amber.
See also: amber, fly

a fly in amber

a curious relic of the past, preserved into the present.
The image is of the fossilized bodies of insects which are often found preserved in amber.
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Applications of diamond crystal ATR FTIR spectroscopy to the characterization of ambers.
Burmese amber or Burmite has been commercially exploited for at least two millennia, mainly by the Chinese (Grimaldi, 1996).
Speaking to The Daily Star as he went through the amber stones at his offices at the Lebanese University on the outskirts of Beirut, Azar says ambers are a "national treasure" for Lebanon.
The majority of ambers in the world are of marine type, but ambers we find in Lebanon are continental and that is what makes them unique," the 42-year-old Azar says.
Ambers from this region are prized for their clarity and size.
Lebanese ambers are among the oldest ambers that contain inclusions of large organisms, such as insects.
When certain tree resins congeal, they slowly polymerize into a stiffened substance called copal and, if kept from air, will harden finally into the rocklike gem known as amber.
But Dominican amber is noted for inclusions of another sort.