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 ambrosial (audio) \ adjective
ambrosially \ -​zh(ē-​)ə-​lē How to pronounce ambrosially (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."

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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 Gillanders frequently pushes the right buttons, as with a quartet of black truffle croquettes encasing a matrix of gooey aged white cheddar and jalapeño and releasing a fungal ambrosia that rises to your nostrils. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "The pan-Asian S.K.Y. opens on Pilsen," 23 Jan. 2018 Saté Kampar is one, transporting on the ambrosia of Malaysian skewered meats sizzling over coals. Craig Laban,, "Saté Kampar is like traveling across the globe," 9 Dec. 2017 For some people, the trendy-in-2014 brunch staple is ambrosia, the food of the gods. Maura Judkis, charlotteobserver, "Is avocado toast breaking millennials’ bank?," 16 May 2017 One-way transportation to or from the center is $1. MENU Thursday, Aug. 24: Chicken enchilada casserole, chuckwagon corn, Mexican rice, ambrosia. Friday, Aug. 25: Macaroni and cheese, carrots, rolls, cantaloupe. Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona Senior Center," 23 Aug. 2017

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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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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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