This fossilised vegetable resin is, according to legend, a
concretion of birds' tears. The birds were the sisters of Meleager, who
never ceased weeping for the death of their brother. —Ovid:
Metamorphoses, viii. line 270, etc.
Around thee shall glisten the loveliest amber
That ever the sorrowing sea-bird hath wept.
T. Moore: Fire Worshippers.
a repository. So called because insects and small leaves are
preserved in amber.
“You may be disposed to preserve it in your amber.” Notes and
Querries. —W. Dowe.
Pretty! in amber, to observe the forms
Of hairs, or straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms,
The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
But wonder how the devil they got there.
Pope: Ep. to Arbuthnot
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Amber from Fact Monster:
- amber - amber amber, fossilized tree resin. Amber can vary in color from yellow to red to green and blue. ...
- Tiffani-Amber Thiessen - Tiffani-Amber Thiessen actress Born: 1/23/1974 Birthplace: Long Beach, California The 1987 winner ...
- Tiffani Thiessen - Biography of Tiffani Thiessen, Co-star of TV's Saved By The Bell
- Puerto Plata - Puerto Plata Puerto Plata, city (1993 pop. 85,042), N Dominican Republic, on the Atlantic Ocean. It ...
- fossil - fossil fossil, remains or imprints of plants or animals preserved from prehistoric times by the ...