(Am"ber seed`) Seed of the Hibiscus abelmoschus, somewhat resembling millet, brought
from Egypt and the West Indies, and having a flavor like that of musk; musk seed. Chambers.
(Am"ber tree`) A species of Anthospermum, a shrub with evergreen leaves, which, when
bruised, emit a fragrant odor.
(Ambes"-as) n. Ambs-ace. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Am"bi*dex"ter) a. [LL., fr. L. ambo both + dexter right, dextra (sc. manus) the right
hand.] Using both hands with equal ease. Smollett.
1. A person who uses both hands with equal facility.
2. Hence: A double-dealer; one equally ready to act on either side in party disputes.
The rest are hypocrites, ambidexters, so many turning pictures a lion on one side, a lamb on the
3. (Law) A juror who takes money from both parties for giving his verdict. Cowell.
1. The quality of being ambidextrous; the faculty of using both hands with equal facility. Hence: Versatility; general
readiness; as, ambidexterity of argumentation. Sterne.
Ignorant I was of the human frame, and of its latent powers, as regarded speed, force, and ambidexterity.
2. Double-dealing. (Law) A juror's taking of money from the both parties for a verdict.
(Am`bi*dex"tral) a. Pertaining equally to the right-hand side and the left-hand side. Earle.
1. Having the faculty of using both hands with equal ease. Sir T. Browne.
2. Practicing or siding with both parties.
All false, shuffling, and ambidextrous dealings.
(Am"bi*dex"trous*ly), adv. In an ambidextrous manner; cunningly.
(Am`bi*dex"trous*ness) n. The quality of being ambidextrous; ambidexterity.
(Am"bi*ent) a. [L. ambiens, p. pr. of ambire to go around; amb- + ire to go.] Encompassing
on all sides; circumfused; investing. "Ambient air." Milton. "Ambient clouds." Pope.
(Am"bi*ent), n. Something that surrounds or invests; as, air . . . being a perpetual ambient.
Sir H. Wotton.
(Am*big"e*nous) a. [L. ambo both + genus kind.] Of two kinds. (Bot.) Partaking of
two natures, as the perianth of some endogenous plants, where the outer surface is calycine, and the