Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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(a.), ambergris (ambre gris, ambra grisea to distinguish it from ambre jaune = amber), a substance of sweet musk-like smell, easily fusible and burning with a bright flame; highly valued in the East as a perfume and as a medecine. It is found floating on the water in tropical seas, (spec, gravity 0.78—0.93), or on the shore, some-times in large lumps. Ambergris probably is a morbid secretion of the gale-bladder of the sperm-whale in whose intestines it is found. Ḳazwinī mentions is together with sulphur, asphalt, m…

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Ruska, J., “Anbar”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0774>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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