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ambrosia

Line breaks: am|bro¦sia
Pronunciation: /amˈbrəʊzɪə
 
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Definition of ambrosia in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1 Greek & Roman Mythology The food of the gods.
Example sentences
  • So they have a special drink called nectar, and they eat food which is ambrosia, which is immortal.
  • Athena strengthens Achilles by planting ambrosia and honey in his chest.
  • Then my feet no longer rest on earth, but standing by Zeus himself I take my fill of ambrosia, the divine dish.
1.1Something very pleasing to taste or smell: the tea was ambrosia after the slop I’d been suffering
More example sentences
  • The result is like ambrosia, pleasing in colour, form, smell, and taste.
  • What was left was as a good a piece of beef as I have ever cooked or tasted - ambrosia for the meat-eating gods.
  • Sometimes when inspiration hits, you create something that just tastes like ambrosia.
2A fungal product used as food by ambrosia beetles.
Example sentences
  • It is one of more than 300 species of wood-boring ambrosia beetles which distribute the spores of ambrosia fungi.
  • This damage is associated with ambrosia fungi that cause wood rot and death of the tree.
  • The ambrosia fungus appears as the black lining of the gallery.
3 another term for bee bread.
Example sentences
  • She starts with either nettles or bee pollen, moving from there, if necessary, to an ambrosia or eye-bright tincture.
  • The peaches and strawberries are just for the taste but the ambrosia has amazing healing powers.

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek, 'elixir of life', from ambrotos 'immortal'.

More
  • This came into English via Latin from the Greek word which meant ‘elixir of life’, from ambrotos ‘immortal’. Ambrosia in classical mythology was the food of the gods.

Derivatives

ambrosial

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • A pity, because the beautifully poached damsons, greengages and plums which accompanied them were ambrosial enough to serve on their own.
  • These berries, each no bigger than the tip of your little finger, have an intensely concentrated flavor I can describe only as ambrosial - reminiscent of strawberries, roses, and pineapples.
  • But when I pop one into my mouth, it is ambrosial.

Words that rhyme with ambrosia

crozier, hosier, osier, symposia

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