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May 27 – What is ambergris?

May 27, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Ambergris (pronounced am-ber-grees) is derived from French ambre gris and literally signifies “gray amber.” Ambergris is a solid, fatty, wax-like substance produced in the intestines of whales. It occurs only in the sperm whale (cachalot) and is believed to be caused in some way by the beaks of cuttlefish that are often found in it. Cuttlefish and squids …

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