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amrita

or amreeta

[uh m-ree-tuh] /əmˈri tə/
noun, Hindu Mythology.
1.
the beverage of immortality.
2.
the immortality conferred by this beverage.
Origin of amrita
1800-1810
1800-10; < Sanskrit, equivalent to a- not (see a-6) + mṛta dead (mṛ die + -ta verbid suffix); akin to Greek ámbrotos immortal
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Examples from the Web for amrita
Historical Examples
  • Being as destructive as the poison which was created during the churning of the amrita.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • The Tree of Immortality is the amrita, the only monopoly of the gods.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
  • That supreme being commanded that the ocean should be churned for amrita.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • She was brought forth on churning the ocean to produce the amrita, or drink of immortality.

  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • And both his ear-rings and coat of mail will be made of amrita, and his coat will also be invulnerable.'

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
  • Meanwhile the demons desired to combat against the gods for the possession of the beautiful goddess Lakshmi and the amrita.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for amrita

amrita

/æmˈriːtə/
noun (Hindu myth)
1.
the ambrosia of the gods that bestows immortality
2.
the immortality it confers
Word Origin
from Sanskrit amrta immortal, from a- without + mrta death
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