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black amber Explained

Black amber at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

2. Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light
yellow; as, the amber of the sky.

3. Ambergris. [Obs.]

You that smell of amber at my charge. --Beau. & Fl.

4. The balsam, liquidambar.

{Black amber}, and old and popular name for jet.

black amber at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Jet \Jet\, n. [OF. jet, jayet, F. ja["i]et, jais, L. gagates,
fr. Gr. ?; -- so called from ? or ?, a town and river in
Lycia.] [written also {jeat}, {jayet}.] (Min.)
A variety of lignite, of a very compact texture and velvet
black color, susceptible of a good polish, and often wrought
into mourning jewelry, toys, buttons, etc. Formerly called
also {black amber}.

{Jet ant} (Zo["o]l.), a blackish European ant ({Formica
fuliginosa}), which builds its nest of a paperlike
material in the trunks of trees.