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What is the name of amber in different languages?

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World of amber | Agnieszka Klikowicz-Kosior

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english

The English name for amber is derived from the Arabic word anbar, originally used to describe ambergris (Eng. ambra). 

arabic

كهرمان Kahraman

Borrowed from Persian kahrobâ (کهربا). Similar names are found in the region of Central Asia.

 

polish

The Polish name for amber (bursztyn) is derived from the German word Bernstein, meaning a stone that burns.

 

ambre, ámbar, âmbar, ambra

French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

 

Slavic and Baltic languages

 

Slavic and Baltic languages trace the name for amber back to the Phoenician word yainitar (sea resin), with the Slavic yantar (Russian янтарь), Lithuanian gintaras, Latvian dzintars, Slovenian jantar

 

tiger soul

琥珀 (Hǔpò)

The meaning of Chinese name amber translates as Tiger Soul.

 

“When the tiger dies, its soul enters the earth and transforms into stone”.

 

nordic countries

Swedish – bärnsten

Norwegian, Danish – rav

Icelandic – raf

Finnish – meripihka

 

Other languages

Merevaik (Estonian), Sukceno (Esperanto), Κεχριμπάρι (Greek), Borostyán (Hungarian), Hổ phách (Vietnamese), Chihlimbar (Romanian), 호박 (Korean), कहरुवा (Nepali), อำพัน (Thai), ပယင် (Burmese).

 
 
 
 
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