amber /ˈambə/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.
2. a honey-yellow colour typical of amber

[as modifier]

amber eyes.
3. a yellow light used as a cautionary signal between green for ‘go’ and red for ‘stop’

the lights were at amber.
– origin late Middle English (also in the sense ‘ambergris’): from Old French ambre, from Arabic ‘anbar ‘ambergris’, later ‘amber’.

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