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or amreeta

[uh m-ree-tuh] /əmˈri tə/
noun, Hindu Mythology.
the beverage of immortality.
the immortality conferred by this beverage.
Origin of amrita
1800-10; < Sanskrit, equivalent to a- not (see a-6) + mṛta dead (mṛ die + -ta verbid suffix); akin to Greek ámbrotos immortal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In India the amrita, the god's food of immortality, was sometimes regarded as the sap exuded from the sacred trees of paradise.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • That supreme being commanded that the ocean should be churned for amrita.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • The gods churned the surface of the sea to make the amrita Cup, the cup of the water of life.

    The Astronomy of the Bible E. Walter Maunder
  • She was brought forth on churning the ocean to produce the amrita, or drink of immortality.

  • Being as destructive as the poison which was created during the churning of the amrita.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • To find the submerged amrita it was necessary to uproot Mandar and use it to churn the ocean.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • Rendered immortal by the amrita the head soared to the sky, roaring loud and long.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • While the gods and serpents were churning the ocean for the amrita, all woes and troubles for mortals came up first.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • The Tree of Immortality is the amrita, the only monopoly of the gods.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • The ambrosia of the Olympian gods, like the word itself, was no doubt in its essence identical with the Vedic amrita or soma.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
British Dictionary definitions for amrita


noun (Hindu myth)
the ambrosia of the gods that bestows immortality
the immortality it confers
Word Origin
from Sanskrit amrta immortal, from a- without + mrta death
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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