ambrosia

[am-broh-zhuh]
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. the food of the gods. Compare nectar ( def 3 ).
2.
something especially delicious to taste or smell.
3.
a fruit dessert made of oranges and shredded coconut and sometimes pineapple.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin < Greek: immortality, food of the gods, noun use of feminine of ambrósios, equivalent to a- a-6 + -mbros- (combining form of brotōs mortal; akin to Latin mortuus dead, murder) + -ios adj. suffix; replacing Middle English ambrose, ambrosie < Old French ambroise < Latin

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ambrosia (æmˈbrəʊzɪə)
 
n
1.  classical myth Compare nectar the food of the gods, said to bestow immortality
2.  anything particularly delightful to taste or smell
3.  another name for beebread
4.  any of various herbaceous plants constituting the genus Ambrosia, mostly native to America but widely naturalized: family Asteraceae (composites). The genus includes the ragweeds
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek: immortality, from ambrotos, from a-1 + brotos mortal]
 
am'brosial
 
adj
 
am'brosian
 
adj
 
am'brosially
 
adv

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ambrosia
1550s, "favored food or drink of the gods," from L. ambrosia, from Gk. fem. of ambrosios, lit. "of the immortals," from a- "not" + mbrotos, related to mortos "mortal." Applied to certain herbs by Pliny and Dioscorides; used of various foods for mortals since 1680s (originally of fruit drinks).
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ambrosia [(am-broh-zhuh)]

The food of the gods in classical mythology. Those who ate it became immortal.

Note: Particularly delicious food is sometimes called “ambrosia.”
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Example sentences
At her request, one customer was served ambrosia without kiwi.
Alternately dry and sweet on the palate, this syrupy ambrosia brings to mind honey, apricots and marzipan.
He could handle the ambrosia of a new lover and all the mindless meandering that entailed.
The crisp air and cool shade of the area are still ambrosia to vacationers.
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