1) An alternative of amber, via the French <i>l’ambre </i>.

Chiefly a northern word, found no later than the sixteenth century: 1317 ‘for stealing ... a set of amber beads worth 6d’, Alverthorpe

1389 j payr bedys of lawmbyr, York

1401 lego j par de lawmberbedes, York

1429 his best girdell harnest, with a pare of lambre bedes, Tickhill

1498 iij paire of laumbre bedez, price xijd, Wakefield

1539 to Jennet my daughter a pare of lawmer bedes, Leeds.

dates 1317 1389 1401 1429 1498 1539

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