- Classical Mythology. the food of the gods.Compare nectar(def 3).
- something especially delicious to taste or smell.
- a fruit dessert made of oranges and shredded coconut and sometimes pineapple.
Origin of ambrosia
Examples from the Web for ambrosia
If Tilda Swinton ate anything for five years straight, it would probably be ambrosia.The Tilda Swinton Weirdness Quiz: All About the MoMA-Napping Actress
March 27, 2013
Start with the beets and horseradish crème fraiche, then move on to the Ambrosia burger, ending strong with the banana cream pie.Gal With a Suitcase
February 20, 2010
Like ambrosia from the gods, I suddenly realized that Nicotine is the most amazing legal substance of the twentieth century.How My Little Slice of Heaven Became My Toddler's Hell
October 21, 2008
Ambrosia is lovely to my heart, for it was my mother's favorite.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
I had heard of it as I had of manna or of ambrosia, but no further.Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
Thomas De Quincey
He goes on to state that the month is so called from the Lenaea, or from the Ambrosia.
“I suppose this is what they call nectar and ambrosia,” said Magnus.Boycotted
Talbot Baines Reed
He felt as Romulus might have felt when first invited to taste the ambrosia of the gods.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete
- classical myth the food of the gods, said to bestow immortalityCompare nectar (def. 2)
- anything particularly delightful to taste or smell
- another name for beebread
- any of various herbaceous plants constituting the genus Ambrosia, mostly native to America but widely naturalized: family Asteraceae (composites). The genus includes the ragweeds
Word Origin and History for ambrosia
1550s, "favored food or drink of the gods," from Latin ambrosia, from Greek ambrosia "food of the gods," fem. of ambrosios, probably literally "of the immortals," from a- "not" (see a- (3)) + mbrotos, related to mortos "mortal," from PIE *mer- "to die" (see mortal (adj.)). Applied to certain herbs by Pliny and Dioscorides; used of various foods for mortals since 1680s (originally of fruit drinks); used figuratively for "anything delightful" by 1731.
The food of the gods in classical mythology. Those who ate it became immortal.