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ambergris

Also Known As:  Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease, or grey amber What it is:  Additive

A solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull gray or blackish color produced in the digestive system of and regurgitated by sperm whales. Freshly produced ambergris has a marine, fecal odor. However, as it ages, it acquires a sweet, earthy scent commonly likened to the fragrance of rubbing alcohol without the vaporous chemical astringency. The principal historical use of ambergris was as a fixative in perfumery, though it has now been largely displaced by synthetics.

Further reading:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambergris
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