Definitions

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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Invisible Man @ Attack of the Redneck Mommy

  • It's funny how ambrosia is a totally different thing here (and in Portugal as well).

    My Ambrosia

  • “Gods and goddesses stay immortal by eating a divine confection called ambrosia and by sipping nectar,” she read.

    ATHENA THE BRAIN

  • "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.

    The Sky Writer

  • These are called ambrosia-beetles, because of the dainty food they eat.

    Little Busybodies The Life of Crickets, Ants, Bees, Beetles, and Other Busybodies

  • 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.

    From A Mournful Villager

  • 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.

    Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches

  • 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.

    latter-day fixin's!

  • 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.

    The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island

  • 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.

    Chums of the Camp Fire

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  • US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906: telegraphers' shorthand for "No agreement probable (unless)".

    January 19, 2013

  • Vegetal ambrosia, precious grain scattered
    By the eternal Sower, I shall descend in you
    So that from our love there will be born poetry,
    Which will spring up toward God like a rare flower!

    The Soul of Wine
    Charles Baudelaire

    March 30, 2007