from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. The food of certain small bark beetles, family Scolytidæ believed 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Latin, from Greek ambrosiā, from ambrotos, immortal, immortalizing; see mer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ambrosia ("food of the gods"), from Ancient Greek ἀμβροσία (ambrosia, "immortality"), from ἄμβροτος (ambrotos, "immortal"), from ἀ- ("not") + βροτός (brotos, "mortal"). (Wiktionary)