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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A fossil resin, generally yellow and semi-transparent, derived, it is presumed, from certain extinct coniferous trees; becomes electric by friction, and gives name to electricity, the Greek word for it being electron; has been fished up for centuries in the Baltic, and is now used in varnishes and for tobacco pipes.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Amber'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/a/amber.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.