am·​bro·​sia | \ am-ˈbrō-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce ambrosia (audio) \

Definition of ambrosia

1a : the food of the Greek and Roman gods
b : the ointment or perfume of the gods
2 : something extremely pleasing to taste or smell
3 : a dessert made of oranges and shredded coconut

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Other Words from ambrosia

ambrosial \ am-​ˈbrō-​zh(ē-​)əl How to pronounce ambrosia (audio) \ adjective
ambrosially \ am-​ˈbrō-​zh(ē-​)ə-​lē How to pronounce ambrosia (audio) \ adverb

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Ambrosia literally means "immortality" in Greek; it is derived from the Greek word ambrotos ("immortal"), which combines the prefix a- (meaning "not") with mbrotos ("mortal"). In Greek and Roman mythology, only the immortals-gods and goddesses-could eat ambrosia. Those mythological gods and goddesses also drank nectar, the original sense of which refers to the "drink of the gods." Nectar (in Greek, nektar) may have implied immortality as well; nektar is believed to have carried the literal meaning "overcoming death." While the ambrosia of the gods implied immortality, we mere mortals use ambrosia in reference to things that just taste or smell especially delicious. Similarly, nectar can now simply mean "something delicious to drink."

Examples of ambrosia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The long pavilion tables at College Mound United Methodist Church, seven miles southeast of Terrell in Kaufman County, won’t be piled with fried chicken, black-eyed peas, green bean casseroles or ambrosia salads. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "After 133 years, a memorial feast of fried pies, chicken and more in Kaufman County is derailed by pandemic," 25 Apr. 2020 Ambrosia Panna Cotta with Pineapple Citrus Relish, Toasted Coconut and Pecans McCook created this recipe to revisit memories of her grandmother’s ambrosia, a Southern specialty. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth adds new garden room and wine bar," 18 Feb. 2020 The menu features bratwurst with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, pickled beets and ambrosia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DAR chapter receives Proclamations for Constitution Week," 30 Sep. 2019 And when the citizens of Thebes asked Hercules to prove his strength by helping with affordable housing, the 1,800 or so citizens at the Delacorte lapped it up like ambrosia. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Public Works Finds the Heroism in ‘Hercules’," 2 Sep. 2019 Culprit’s boysenberry marshmallow ambrosia is one to try, as is Orphan’s Kitchen’s avocado bombe Alaska, served with lime and Kahikatea peppercorn, (a native pine). Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Items like ambrosia, bombe Alaska, pavlova, and banana split sundaes have made a bold return with a contemporary spin. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 The coral-hued ambrosia was her tactic for getting me to recite the alphabet and my numbers. Liz Rubin, San Francisco Chronicle, "The lasting lessons of childhood influences," 25 May 2018 The elephant calves bridled at cow’s milk, but Ms. Sheldrick — after successfully devising a formula for baby rhinos — eventually landed on an ambrosia-like mixture that incorporated coconut oil. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Daphne Sheldrick, who created an elephant orphanage in Kenya, dies at 83," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ambrosia

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ambrosia

Latin, from Greek, literally, immortality, from ambrotos immortal, from a- + -mbrotos (akin to brotos mortal) — more at murder

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“Ambrosia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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Am·​bro·​sia | \ am-ˈbrō-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce Ambrosia (audio) \

Medical Definition of Ambrosia

: a genus of mostly American composite herbs that includes the ragweeds

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