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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. It doesn't look like they've updated the school's computer lab at all in the last 30 years. It's like a fly in amber, right down to the dot matrix printers and Macintosh IIs.
See also: amber, fly

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! Why are you beeping at the car in front of you? Just because you're an amber gambler doesn't mean everyone else is. That fool amber gambler almost caused an accident!
See also: amber, gambler

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! Can I get you fellas some amber nectar before the match starts? You're looking for wine? Sorry, all I have is amber nectar.
See also: amber, nectar

gray 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 gray amber that washed ashore is worth more than gold!
See also: amber, gray
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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.
See also: amber, fly
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George Poinar, an entomologist, has spent his entire career unearthing insects trapped in amber. In fact, it was a 40 million year old sample of a well preserved prehistoric fly Poinar found that inspired the movie Jurassic Park.
While going through his cache of amber unearthed in Dominican Republic, Poinar saw a fully preserved flower.
This geological setting is similar to the amber deposits in Hukawng Valley (Noetling, 1892; Chhibber, 1934; Cruickshank and Ko, 2003; Shi et al., 2012).
The specific locality for the Hti Lin amber deposit is known as Kyakhe ('tiger bite' in English), at coordinates N21[degrees]41'44.6", E94[degrees]5'47".
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.
A type of amber thought to have been invented by flowering plants may have been en vogue millions of years before those plants evolved, suggests an analysis of newly discovered amber droplets.
Some early conifers produced the type of amber familiar to gem collectors today.
On the spiders from Taimyr ambers, Siberia, with the description of a new family and with general notes on the spiders from the Cretaceous resins.
A year later, the famed French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson celebrated his 70th birthday with Amber Film and Photography Collective and a retrospective at Side Gallery.
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. Dominican amber, dating from twenty to forty million years ago, is among the world's most beautiful--transparent, lightly colored in hues from yellow to red to blue, and lacking the air bubbles and impurities that mar specimens from elsewhere.