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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
This fossilised vegetable resin is, according to legend, a concretion of birds’ tears. The birds were the sisters of Meleger, who never ceased weeping for the death of their brother.—Ovid: Metamorphoses, viii. line 270, etc.   1
“Around thee shall glisten the loveliest amber
That ever the sorrowing sea-bird hath wept.”
T. Moore: Fire Worshippers.
   Amber, a repository. So called because insects and small leaves are preserved in amber.   2
        “You may be disposed to preserve it in your amber.”—Notes and Queries.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 now the devil they got there.”
Pope: Ep. to Arbuth not, 169–72.



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