American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek & Roman Mythology The food of the gods, thought to confer immortality.
- n. Something with an especially delicious flavor or fragrance.
- n. A dessert containing primarily oranges and flaked coconut.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. legend, a celestial substance, capable of imparting immortality, commonly represented as the food of the gods, but sometimes as their drink, and also as a richly perfumed unguent; hence, in literature, anything comparable in character to either of these conceptions.
- n. A genus of widely distributed coarse annual weeds, of the natural order Compositæ, chiefly American, and generally known as ragweed. A. artemisiæfolia is also called Roman wormwood or hogweed.
- n. The food of certain wood-boring beetles, consisting of various hyphomycetous fungi found associated with the beetles in their galleries, and said by some authors to be propagated by them, each species of beetle using a particular species of fungus.
- n. Greek mythology, Roman mythology The food of the gods, thought to confer immortality.
- n. Any food with an especially delicious flavour or fragrance.
- n. A mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The fabled food of the gods (as nectar was their drink), which conferred immortality upon those who partook of it.
- n. An unguent of the gods.
- n. A perfumed unguent, salve, or draught; something very pleasing to the taste or smell.
- n. Formerly, a kind of fragrant plant; now (Bot.), a genus of plants, including some coarse and worthless weeds, called
ragweed, hogweed, etc.
- n. (Zoöl.) The food of certain small bark beetles, family
Scolytidæbelieved to be fungi cultivated by the beetles in their burrows.
- n. A dessert made from shredded coconuts and oranges, sometimes including other ingredients such as marshmallow.
- n. any of numerous chiefly North American weedy plants constituting the genus Ambrosia that produce highly allergenic pollen responsible for much hay fever and asthma
- n. (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
- n. fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
- n. a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae
- From Latin ambrosia ("food of the gods"), from Ancient Greek ἀμβροσία (ambrosia, "immortality"), from ἄμβροτος (ambrotos, "immortal"), from ἀ- ("not") + βροτός (brotos, "mortal"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin, from Greek ambrosiā, from ambrotos, immortal, immortalizing; see mer- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When ambrosia is in my cup and the delightful smell is wafting in my nose, I sit down at my computer and ignore my children arguing over who gets the last Poptart and who is stuck with plain old cornflakes.”
“It's funny how ambrosia is a totally different thing here (and in Portugal as well).”
““Gods and goddesses stay immortal by eating a divine confection called ambrosia and by sipping nectar,” she read.”
“Eat, and thank Providence for such delights as this, which you infidels call ambrosia," says he, while one of his women put the dish of honey-coloured curds before me.”
“These are called ambrosia-beetles, because of the dainty food they eat.”
“There were always a good many lady's-delights that grew under the bushes, and came up anywhere in the chinks of the walk or the door-step; and there was a little green sprig called ambrosia that was a famous stray-away.”
“There were always a good many lady's-delights that grew under the bushes, and came up anywhere in the chinks of the walk of the door-step, and there was a little green sprig called ambrosia that was a famous stray-away.”
“Not dissimilar to the 1960's standby in the 'burbs of Toronto called "ambrosia" which was a white sweet glommy glob including coconut flakes, tinned mandarin orange segments and other preserved ingredients.”
“The two wardens proved very pleasant fellows indeed; and declared that the cup of coffee which was brewed for them was nectar, "ambrosia," Mr. Lawrence called it.”
“Steve asked, passing his cup along, for he certainly had a weakness for the "ambrosia" as he often called it, though never allowed more than one helping at home, and then only at breakfast.”
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