E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
This fossilised vegetable resin is, according to legend, a concretion of birds tears. The birds were the sisters of Meleger, who never ceased weeping for the death of their brother.Ovid: Metamorphoses, viii. line 270, etc.
Around thee shall glisten the loveliest amber
That ever the sorrowing sea-bird hath wept.
T. Moore: Fire Worshippers.
Amber, a repository. So called because insects and small leaves are preserved in amber.
You may be disposed to preserve it in your amber.Notes and Queries.W. Dowe.