1. A hard, translucent, usually brownish-yellow fossil resin, used for making jewelry and other ornamental objects.
2. A brownish yellow.
1. Having the color of amber; brownish-yellow.
2. Made of or resembling amber: an amber necklace.
[Middle English ambre, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ambra, ambar, from Arabic 'anbar, ambergris, amber.]
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polished amber pendant
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