First used in 1908; borrowing from German Emmer, from Middle High German emeri, from Old High German amari, derivative of amar(o), which in turn gave rise to the obsolescent German synonym Amelkorn (“amelcorn”). Further etymology unknown.
From Middle Dutch ember, Proto-Germanic *ambrijaz. Cognate with Middle English ambre (Old English amber), German Eimer (Middle High German eim(b)er, Old High German einber), Low German Ammel, Luxembourgish Eemer, West Frisian amer, Norwegian ambar, Swedish ämbar, Finnish ämpäri.
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