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kumst (uncountable)

  1. An opaque dull yellow-green variety of amber
    • 1968, Max Bauer, Precious stones: a popular account of their characters, ..., volume 2:
      Yellow and brownish-yellow bastard amber is described as kumst-coloured, from the East Prussian name "Kumst" for cabbage
    • 2006, Patty C. Rice, Amber: Golden Gem of the Ages, page 11:
      Baltic carving constructed of "fatty turbid" amber was Kumst, which in German means cabbage or sauerkraut. The Polish amber industry today uses the term cabbage-leaf